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POLICE in Pretoria were yesterday forced to use pepper spray against a group of traditional healers when they tried to force their way into the Department of Health building yesterday.
This happened after the healers were told that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was not available to receive their memorandum.
Police officers, who only carried riot shields and pepper spray, had to run to their vehicle to get shotguns because the crowd did not back down.
The situation calmed down after the healers where promised that department's director-general Thami Mseleku would accept the memorandum.
The group, mostly women dressed in red, handed over a four-page memorandum demanding to benefit from the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.
They also demanded that a Traditional Health Practitioners Council be formed by end of October this year.
Traditional healers organisation spokesperson Phephsile Maseko said: "The council will reduce the level of fraud associated with this profession. It will give us dignity. We also want August 31 to be African Traditional Medicine Day.
"We want the government to recognise traditional medicine as one of the resources of primary healthcare services that could contribute to improved health outcomes, including those in the Millennium Development Goals."
They also demanded that the minister and his MECs should stop labelling them as a faith-based group.