TRADITIONAL healer Mthavini Grace Hanyani, who is the deputy president of Malamulele Pfukani Tin’ganga, has dismissed the perception that the ritual-related killings that are on the increase in far north Limpopo were linked to traditional healers.
Speaking to African Times after an anti-crime imbizo at Mdavula village, Hanyani was delighted that the
police convened an imbizo to discuss and find solutions to the scourge of killings, especially in the Vhembe
She said traditional healers exist to heal the sick and save lives, not to kill people.
“Women are being killed, and their breasts and other parts are cut out. Kids are being killed. We, as community, can’t send kids to shops because we fear for their lives and the suspects are traditional healers. “We do not kill people we only heal the sick. We help people,” Hanyani said.
“Traditional healers and all other leaders, police and church leaders want to find solutions to this problem. All stakeholders must come together and fight this crime. ”
Two weeks ago, Pretty Baloyi (19) of Hasani Dakari village became the latest victim to suspected ritual killing.
She was last seen going to Thohoyandou to buy a birthday cake for her child but she never came back.
At the imbizo, three priority crimes in the area dominated the discussion. The major crimes are murder, domestic violence and missing persons.
Acting provincial police commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers said the imbizos seem to be yielding results.
He said since the imbizo project was proving to be helpful to fighting crime because it enables police and communities to work together. Scheepers said ritual killings should be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
“Ritual crime is a problem even if it is one case that is reported. We invited all people to come to try and
prevent it. We are also having meetings with all traditional healers in the province. We have a program with them to stop this demon that we call ritual killings,” Scheepers said.