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'We don't kill fo r muti'

By unknown | Aug 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Traditional Healers Association of South Africa has condemned the mutilation of a woman whose body was found in bushes at the Kwa-Ngcolosi informal settlement in Hillcrest near Durban.

The woman's private parts and breasts had been mutilated while her stomach had been cut open and some of her intestines had been removed.

Chairman of the association (Thasa), Sazi Mhlongo, said this was not the work of a traditional healer. It was witchcraft, he said.

He said traditional healers don't use human body parts for healing, and that this was mainly used by people who practise witchcraft.

"As traditional healers, we are against the practice of killing people, whether for the use of muti or anything else.

"Traditional healers don't use people's body parts, only God-created plants.

"Anyone who uses a human body part should be considered a criminal and a witch, not an inyanga," said Mhlongo.

He urged the government to clamp down on traditional healers who are not registered with Thasa.

"The government must ensure that everyone practising as healers are registered as we have been calling for them to do. Those who are unregistered should be thoroughly investigated. It is people who are unregistered with the association who might do such horrible things," said Mhlongo.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman, Superintendent Daniela Veldhuizen, said the identity of the deceased was still not known. She urged anyone who has a relative missing to come forward and identify the body.

Meanwhile, Scottburgh police are asking for help with information that may assist investigations relating to the decomposed body of Thembelihle Nunu Sibiya, 22, of Amandawe who was found in a sugar cane field at Renishaw.

Police said Vukani Dlamini and his colleagues were working near the plantation when they found the body. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition. There was a cellphone and two handbags nearby so the victim did not appear to have been robbed.

Anyone with information should call Detective Inspector Sam Nyawose on 039-978-1900.


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