Praise after one albino child saved, but second still missing

2016-07-07 10:57
Weziwe Thusi (The Witness)

Weziwe Thusi (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Manguzi traditional healer who helped police arrest a 28-year-old woman for trying to sell a child with albinism, has been lauded.

The well-known traditional healer alerted police after a woman offered to sell him the child who had been missing since June 28 for R100 000.

Members of the Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence Unit nabbed the woman.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said the traditional healer had set a good example to other traditional healers.

“We call upon all traditional healers not to collude with criminals by buying body parts of people with albinism with the false belief that they could concoct a potion that would help bring good luck.

“If all traditional healers could work with the police, these abhorrent crimes could come to an end.

“We also commend the police for their swift action and professionalism, which helped stopped a crime in its tracks and saved an innocent life.”

The woman has since appeared in the Ubombo Magistrate’s Court, and the case was adjourned to July 12 for a bail application.

Thusi called for the court not to grant the suspect bail.

Meanwhile, a 4-year-old boy with albinism from Port Dunford, near Richards Bay, who went missing last month, is still missing. “We are calling upon members of the public to work with the police in resolving this case.

“People with albinism are people like the rest of us. It is just a myth that their body parts are a good ingredient for a [good] luck potion,” said Thusi.

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