The Gauteng Traditional Healers’ Council has expressed outrage and strong disapproval of the unethical practices of some traditional healers in the province.
The Council’s Secretary-general, Oscar Esbie, said they had distanced themselves from these “phony” healers who prey on naive customers by convincing them to kill for human body parts under the false promise that it will make them rich.
Esbie is adamant such activities are not only illegal but also a disgrace to traditional healing practices and an insult to the sector.
He said what these “fake” healers do is despicable and punishable by the law.
He says the council is committed to investigating and bringing charges against these fraudsters tarnishing the profession.
Esbie’s disclosure follows the grisly murder of two young boys, Tshiamo Rabanye (6) and Mduduzi Nqobizitha Zulu (5).
Their mutilated remains were discovered in separate places – they had their throats slit, and their private parts cut.
The Council, which investigates complaints and allegations against traditional healers, was appalled by reports that the boys’ throats were slit and their private parts were cut.
That is who we mean, and we are determined to find them.
“Unfortunately, I cannot reveal the details publicly,” Eskie explained.
According to Eksie bogus healers got arrested through its network, which included victims, families, or concerned individuals.
He said the council felt vindicated by the recent arrests of two suspects believed to be linked to the victims’ families.
He said the traditional healers’ council felt exonerated. Their reputation and name had been tarnished.
Eskie described the situation as “regrettable” and vowed to continue working to root out the charlatans giving traditional healers a bad name.
The suspects, Ngcobile Ndovu 50, – Tshiamo’s grandmother and his partner – Mthunzi Zulu 39, appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Friday – the day Tshiamo and his cousin, Nqobizitha were laid to rest.
The duo was charged with two counts of murder, perjury and defeating justice.
The accused in a high-profile criminal case changed their minds about representing themselves in court.
Initially, the pair informed the court they did not need a lawyer and were confident they could speak for themselves.
However, upon understanding the full scope of their charges – which included premeditated murder – Ndlovu chose to hire an attorney while Zulu opted for a legal aid lawyer.