Observer on Saturday - - News - Melusi Mlotsa

f the words of the Witch­doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion are any­thing to go by, the men who al­legedly killed a pop­u­lar inyanga from Nkon­jwa in the Lubombo re­gion must be very afraid.

This comes af­ter the tra­di­tional healer, pop­u­larly known as Gcina, was gunned down to­gether with a 79-year-old wo­man early this week.

Four peo­ple have al­ready been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of the inyanga.

Makhanya Makhanya, the Witch­doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, said it pains them a

Ilot to see one of their col­leagues dy­ing in such a bru­tal man­ner. Makhanya said it is true that peo­ple be­came an­gry when you have failed to help them. He said that does not war­rant peo­ple to kill them.


“If peo­ple feel be­ing robbed by us, they must go to the po­lice or bet­ter con­tact the as­so­ci­a­tion,’’ he said.

Makhanya de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion of killing the inyanga as ter­ri­ble. He said he foresees a sit­u­a­tion whereby those who killed the tra­di­tional healer will also fol­low suit.

“Sid­vumbu se­mu­ntfu siyasen­t­jetwa, ku­tob­hedza ku­labo labam­bulele,’’ he said.

Makhanya said there are also pos­si­bil­i­ties that the tra­di­tional healer was be­witched to be gunned down. “Witch­craft ex­ists. You may find that the de­ceased was be­witched by his com­peti­tors,’’he said.

He won­dered where peo­ple will get help if they kill tra­di­tional heal­ers.

Nhla­vana Maseko, the Pres­i­dent of Swazi­land Tra­di­tional Heal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, said the coun­try must do an in­tro­spec­tion.

“There's something not right in the coun­try if the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing killed con­tin­ues to rise. Aku­condziswe tig­wegwe,” he said.

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