Provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane, the traditional healer, Sibusiso Ndawonde, deceived the community by approaching the victims’ elders in August.
“He informed the elders the victims in their household were sick and needed traditional help, and he was able to assist. He informed the elders of each family that he had a “prophecy” that these families had problems and he had the solution to the problem,” added Zwane.
He then managed to convince the families of each victim he had to take the boys with him to his house in the Msinga area, where he would be able to use traditional medicine to heal and cure them.
Zwane said the man used the same modus operandi to lure several teenagers to his home. He would leave his wife in their bedroom, and spend the night with the young male victims in his traditional healing room.
“He raped the boys for the entire night, stating the only way to heal and cure them of their illness and bad omens was by raping them for two weeks. One of the victims managed to escape and reported the matter to his parents. A case was then registered at the local police station for further investigation,” added Zwane.
When Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit members went to arrest Ndawonde, they found two other young boys inside the traditional healing room.
Zwane said the victims looked intimidated and uncomfortable. When interviewed by the Greytown FCS officers, they revealed they were being raped by the traditional healer. Further cases of rape were registered and the traditional healer was placed in police custody. He appeared before court where bail was opposed. The case was remanded to Pietermaritzburg High Court on November 10. Ndawonde remains in police custody.
– Caxton News Service