Fake healer wanted for extortion and rape

2015-08-07 10:38


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Pietermaritzburg - Police are on the hunt for a Pietermaritzburg traditional healer who allegedly extorted thousands of rands from a woman before raping her.

Sources at Mountain Rise police station said they were approached by a 26-year-old woman on Wednesday who “was in such emotional pain that her hands were shaking badly and she could barely speak” when she met officers to open a case of rape.

In tears, the woman told officers she was raped by a traditional healer in Allandale after she approached the man asking for help.

Police sources said the woman first met with the traditional healer’s assistant on Tuesday and paid him R30 000 in exchange for “wealth and riches”.

The assistant told her to go to the traditional healer’s premises in Allandale on Wednesday for a “cleansing”.

When she arrived at the house on Wednesday morning, the traditional healer allegedly asked her to strip naked and inserted “muthi” into her vagina.

According to the woman’s statement, the man then insisted that she have sex with him in order to complete the ritual. She refused.

The woman said he then allegedly raped her and told her to leave. She left and contacted the police immediately.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said Mountain Rise police acted swiftly to arrest the traditional healer’s assistant at the premises who gave valuable information on the whereabouts of the healer, who had fled from the Allandale home after the incident.

The assistant has been charged with theft under false pretenses.

“He was allegedly luring the people to the healer. His job was to call the people and take the money,” Ngobese said.

Ngobese said the problem of “illegitimate” traditional healers is escalating in the city.

“Many so-called sangomas are using false pretences to steal money from people, and in cases like this, rape them.

“A person can become a victim twice in cases like this, by taking your money and violating you at the same time. We have incidents where sums of money are taken for nothing in return,” he said.

Ngobese urged residents to report illegitimate traditional healers to the police.

The Traditional Healers Organisation of South Africa could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

The incident comes after a spate of similar incidents in the country.

On Tuesday, News24 reported that a sangoma, Johan Jabulani Mlombo, 48 — who was accused of raping 21 girls at his initiation school in Mpumalanga in 2012 — was found guilty in Nelspruit on 17 counts of rape and three sexual assault charges.
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