‘Beware Of Fake Traditional Healers; Take Western Pills’


Traditional healers has seriously been warned to refrain from telling their clients to stop taking western pills. The chairman of the Traditional Health Practitioners Sonnyboy Msiza said this while addressing the current rise of fake traditional healers in the country.

Speaking to Sowetan, Msiza acknowledged the fact that the public has been infiltrated by numerous quacks who go collecting huge sum of money and not helping the people get well. By so doing, they tarnish the image of traditional healing.

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He further admitted that traditional healers are not all knowing as there were some illnesses beyond their medical knowledge which on the other hand can be cured by taking western medications.

“There are illnesses that we cannot heal and require that people should take western medication,”

“Even traditional healers go to the clinic. People must not listen to those telling them not to take pills. I call on traditional healers to do the right thing and to help protect our profession.”

According to Sowetan Live, Msiza pointed out that traditional healers are totally against all act of witchcraft adding that true healers can not destroy. I work very closely with traditional leaders and we have closed several practices,” he said.

“We have also saved a lot of people from going to fake healers for training because they will be taught wrong things; take western pills” Msiza also added.

Meanwhile, having acknowledged the important role traditional healers play in the country’s health sector, south African government saw the need to enact a law that will put the Traditional Healers Organisation’s operations on check.

In 2014, the Traditional Health Practitioners Act was passed to standardize and regulate the affairs of all traditional healers. Late last year additional regulations were published to give effect to the act.

The law saw to it that all traditional healers which are over 29,000 across the South African nation, are registered  and categorized according to their different healing specialties.

Categories/ Specialties of Traditional Healers

  • a diviner (those who have a calling from ancestral spirits);
  •  a herbalist (someone practicing herbalism);
  • student (someone training to be a traditional healer);
  •  traditional birth attendant (a midwife);
  •  traditional tutor (a traditional healer trainer); and
  • traditional surgeon (someone performing cultural operations such as circumcision).

To this, Msiza said he his in supported of the government’s rule against uneducated people who train and practice traditional healing and the law which also bars children below the age of 18 from undergoing training for divination and herbalism.

“It is important for children to get educated. Healers must go for training even when they have a calling,”he said.

Msiza appeared before the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga yesterday.

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