A traditional healer in Durban is in police custody, following two cases of rape reported against him at the KwaDabeka Police Station, during the months of August and September.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, explains the first victim apparently met the 32-year-old traditional healer in a taxi on the way to Port Shepstone.
The victim, who is from Ixopo, explained the suspect approached her and said he could see her family is under a dark cloud. In order to help her family, he would need to travel to Ixopo and perform a traditional cleansing ceremony.
Brigadier Naicker explains the victim agreed and a date was arranged for him to travel to her home in Ixopo, so he could perform the cleansing ceremony. Which he apparently did.
However, following the cleansing ceremony, he told the girl’s family, he would need to take her with him to Durban, for him to do another cleansing with her at the sea. The family agreed and she trustingly went with.
After taking her to Durban South Beach and performing a cleansing ceremony, the suspect took her to his house in Fannin Extension in Clermont. It was then that he allegedly gave her a traditional concoction to drink.
After drinking the concoction, she allegedly felt dizzy and passed out. Brigadier Naicker explains that after she woke up, she claims she realised she had been raped.
The second victim is from Port Shepstone and she claims the traditional healer came to her home to perform a cleansing ceremony.
He allegedly used a similar story with her family, claiming he needed to take her with him to Durban for another cleansing.
At his house in Fannin Extension, she was also given a concoction to drink. The concoction resulted in her passing out as well and waking up to realise she had been raped.
Brigadier Naicker explains her torment did not end there. The 27-year-old woman was allegedly locked in the house for several days, where her ordeal continued until she eventually escaped and reported to the matter to the SAPS.
Pinetown FCS detectives lured the traditional healer from Empangeni back to Durban and took him into custody.
He will now appear in the Pinetown Magistrate Court.