The war of words between two Durban traditional healers has taken an ugly turn with allegations of pointing a firearm and death threats.
Popular Durban traditional healer Mbuso "Mafentswa" Makhathini is spiting fire after media reports that police were investigating charges against him for pointing a firearm at the wife of his rival Keletso "Bingo" Pekile.
Makhathini said the case against him was another of Pekile's stunts to destroy his good name as a powerful, well-known and respected traditional healer.
He claimed Pekile caused a commotion outside his house on Tuesday.
"My father had just passed away; Pekile came and revved his car loudly and when I came out to inspect, he drove away," Makhathini said.
"I was stunned to hear that he had opened a case of intimidation and pointing of a firearm," he said.
The war of words between Pekile and Makhathini has been going on for years following claims by Makhathini that he can cast a spell to cripple a person's finger that is pointed at someone. Pekile disputes this claim.
Makhathini said that Pekile has been working at destroying his reputation for years and he is now trying to get him arrested.
"Pekile is just a boy in this industry; I don't see him as my competitor," Makhathini said.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Pekile accused the police of not taking his case seriously.
"The police are lying low on this case. Makhathini should have been arrested by now," he said.
"He has been walking free for days after I opened the case," Pekile said.
He said he has been receiving threatening phone calls from Makhathini since he laid charges with the police.
Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge confirmed that they were investigating charges of intimidation and pointing of a firearm.