‘No body parts, or sex with pa­tients’

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MALA­MULELE — Tra­di­tional heal­ers need to stop us­ing hu­man body parts, hav­ing sex with their pa­tients and help­ing crim­i­nals, the pres­i­dent of the South African Tra­di­tional Healer’s As­so­ci­a­tion has said.

“We must stop us­ing hu­man parts to do medicine, we must stop rit­ual killings, as we are called to heal peo­ple, not to kill peo­ple,” Sylvester Hlathi said at a tra­di­tional medicine day at the Cheap­side Com­plex in Mala­mulele, Lim­popo, on Wed­nes­day.

Heal­ers needed to stop abus­ing pa­tients by telling them they would get cured if they had sex with them.

“We are sleep­ing with our own pa­tients, telling them they will be healed, but only if they sleep with us. This will weaken our tra­di­tional medicine, as it is not hu­man and an­ces­tors will pun­ish us.”

He en­cour­aged heal­ers to get tested for HIV/Aids.

“You must stop this thing of say­ing I don’t have a boyfriend or girl­friend; you must get tested so that you can en­cour­age your pa­tients to get tested — be­cause us­ing only tra­di­tional medicine to cure this dis­ease is no good.”

Tra­di­tional heal­ers needed to stop giv­ing muti (medicine) to crim­i­nals to help them get out of prison, or charms to help them com­mit crime, but work with po­lice in­stead.

He asked tra­di­tional lead­ers to chase char­la­tans from their vil­lages and en­sure that those who set up shop in their area pro­duced cer­tifi­cates of prac­tice.

Congress of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers of South Africa sec­re­tary, Hosi Ed­ward Chauke, ap­plauded tra­di­tional heal­ers for unit­ing to cel­e­brate tra­di­tional medicine day. — Sapa

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