Tra­di­tional heal­ers re­ject dagga rul­ing

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

A CON­STI­TU­TIONAL Court rul­ing le­gal­is­ing dagga us­age has been met with sharp crit­i­cism by tra­di­tional heal­ers in the Mfolozi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. This emerged dur­ing an ind­aba of tra­di­tional heal­ers in KwaMbonambi and sur­round­ing ar­eas held last week at the Nza­l­a­bantu Com­mu­nity Hall. Chair­per­son of the King Cetshwayo tra­di­tional heal­ers, Robert Ng­wenya, said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was dis­turbed by the mes­sage gov­ern­ment was send­ing re­gard­ing dagga use. ‘Our schools are be­ing rav­aged by ill dis­ci­pline and school vi­o­lence and it is com­mon knowl­edge that dagga us­age is to be blamed for much of that. ‘Many of our youth find plea­sure in smok­ing dagga, which causes them to be­come un­ruly at schools,’ said Ng­wenya. ‘We have been try­ing hard to find a so­lu­tion to drug abuse at schools, and we are con­cerned that our gov­ern­ment is not help­ing us in this re­gard. In­stead, it is pro­mot­ing it. ‘We are now con­vinced that as a na­tion we are head­ing for an­ar­chy.’ Ng­wenya also lashed out at peo­ple who at­tack and kill peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism. He also thanked the King Cetshwayo District and uM­folozi mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for host­ing a sec­ond di­a­logue with tra­di­tional heal­ers. ‘We feel that we are recog­nised by our lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and the fact that we are given a plat­form to share our ideas on mat­ters of com­mon in­ter­est, means a lot to us. ‘It is our wish to also work with the Depart­ment of Health,’ Ng­wenya said. uM­folozi Mayor Smanga Mgenge said they val­ued the role of tra­di­tional heal­ers and wished that more tra­di­tional heal­ers would come out in the open. ‘We want to have qual­i­fied tra­di­tional heal­ers in our com­mu­ni­ties,’ he said.

Lead­ing the Zan­goma jive were uM­folozi Mu­nic­i­pal Speaker Zakhele Mfusi, Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager Khu­lumok­wake Gamede and some tra­di­tional heal­ers at the Nza­l­a­bantu Com­mu­nity Hall Thando Ndlovu

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