National 12.9.2016 09:48 am

Traditional healer slams ‘albino killings’ for muti

Traditional healers unite to fight the killings of people with albinism. Picture: Zululand Observer

Traditional healers unite to fight the killings of people with albinism. Picture: Zululand Observer

Attacks on albino people are on the rise, linked to a growing demand for body parts prized in ‘black magic’.

A KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) traditional healer has slammed the misconception that sangomas use people’s body parts to make muti, Zululand Observer reported.

“Traditional healers don’t use people’s body parts to make muti. That’s witchcraft,” said Musa Zulu of Maz Herbal Products, who heads the campaign to curb the rise of albino killings around the country.

He was speaking at the launch of the ‘Stop Killing Albinos’ campaign in KwaNongoa, KZN, recently.

“Traditional healers don’t harm but rather save lives. We don’t want to be associated with such acts. We want to spread a strong message that we are fighting these barbaric actions because they taint our image,” said Zulu.

“We invite all other healers to join us in the fight. Because they look different doesn’t mean their body parts have any powers,” he said.

Attacks on albino people are on the rise, linked to a growing demand for body parts prized in ‘black magic’ for bringing good fortune.

A woman was recently arrested for attempting to sell children with albinism to a sangoma in eManguzi.

This happened while police were searching for the abducted four-year-old boy from uMkhobose.

– Caxton News Service

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