Traditional healers reject dagga ruling
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