Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Senior government officials, traditional leaders and faith healers are very angry over a sangoma's claim that she can cure Aids.
Mmanare Mary Moeletsi is accused of misleading hundreds of Aids sufferers across the country, who queue outside her door after she allegedly put up thousands of placards in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo claiming that she can cure HIV-Aids.
Her claim was rejected yesterday as "reckless and misleading" by the South African Traditional Healers Association (Sath).
"Moeletsi's claim unfortunately has the potential to negate all efforts being made to control the virus, and we appeal to her and any other traditional healer not to mislead the public," said Conrad Tsiane, Sath chairman in Moutse, Limpopo.
"We reject and distance ourselves from the claim that the sangoma can cure this deadly ailment."
Moeletsi told Sowetan that she expected sceptics to question her claim but insisted that her method worked perfectly.
"It is true that I can cure the virus," she said. "Those who have finished my treatment tested negative for HIV."
But she could not provide any proof of the efficacy of her supposed cure, for which she charges R1500.
"I cannot reveal what herbs I use to heal Aids because it is a secret," Moeletsi said defiantly.
Mpumalanga health department spokesman Dumisane Mlangeni said the only cure for Aids was "one's behaviour".
Treatment Action Campaign spokesman Bheki Khoza feared Moeletsi's claim would lead to risky sexual behaviour and "all our work will be undone".