Ntshawini traditional healer sets the record straight

2018-06-13 06:01
PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeDingiliza Mwandla (right) was accompanied by her family members during a press briefing last week.

PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeDingiliza Mwandla (right) was accompanied by her family members during a press briefing last week.

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A NTSHAWINI woman who was accused of witchcraft and the alleged murder of a 12-year-old child has since came out to set the record straight during a press briefing at the KwaDukuza SAPS on Wednesday, May 30.

Busisiwe Dingiliza Mwandla, a traditional healer from Sofaya, was set on fire by angry community members who suspected her of practising witchcraft in the area in March.

Mwandla miraculously survived the ordeal and was accompanied by family members wanting to tell her side of the story.

According to Mwandla’s mother Dudu Mtolo, she is a people’s person who would not hurt a fly and is a well-known businesswoman in the area who is also is a traditional healer.

“To be honest I always was against the idea of her staying in Sofaya as the people and the neighbours there are volatile and violent.

“It comes as no surprise to learn of what happened to her as they have always envied her successes as a businesswoman,” she said.

It is believed that Mwandla has had a longstanding turbulent relationship with her neighbours who accused her of killing their child.

“Our relationship with them has been strained since I got here. The child in question was friends with my son and I had no motive for taking his life.

“There were already threats as my shop was burnt a couple of times before and some of my livestock was stolen and the culprits are known in the area,” she said.

There were a total of five cars that were burnt in her yard during the attack by community members and she was also set alight after being doused in petrol.

However, she was rescued by members of the police and was taken to hospital.

She suffered third degree burns all over her body. Five suspects were arrested for the incident and have since been released on bail.

“I feel unsafe with my family as these suspects are roaming the street with no regard for their bail conditions. I will no longer go back to Sofaya, but I won’t leave Ntshawini as it has been my home,” said Mwandla

The family has pleaded with police to play their role and uncover every aspect of this case as this situation has traumatised them.

Furthermore, there has not been any evidence brought forward proving that Mwandla practises witchcraft.

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