Herbalist in South Africa

Traditional Healers handing out pamphlets at robots. Photo: sourced

FROM precarious offers of get rich quick schemes, to lucky charms to gain jobs, turning to a herbalist is fast becoming an obsession for many around the city.

For many in the Upper Highway Area unsuspecting residents fall for these scams and request the services by people pretending to be doctors and traditional healers.

However there are no bodies regulating these “doctors” so they continuously advertise their services and desperate people fall victim to them.

Manikum Moonsamy a 61 year old of Winston Park said she was parked at a stop street when she was handed a pamphlet by a young man and immediately noticed that there was a section promising financial wealth.

“My financial situation hit rock bottom and I had nothing to loose, I read the advert and it stated that I just had to call the number and buy a suitcase and money would appear in it. I knew it sounded far fetched yet I had to try it,” said the unsuspecting Moonsamy.

“When I called the Herbalist he said the suitcase will cost me R2 800. The Herbalist told me it is a bargain because you get more money out of it. When I told my husband about this, he was outraged and stated that this is all a money making scheme and how can I fall for it.

“My husband said I should go to the newspapers and inform other residents not to fall for the same scam.”

When the Fever contacted an herbalist under the pretence of being a customer for advice on how to get rich quick, the herbalist offered the reporter a and#034;magic stick and#034; for R1 600 which would and#034;bring good luck and#034;.

When asked about his other services, the Herbalist said he could ensure a student passed exams with distinction and he also offered and#034;penis extensions and#034;.

For this the Herbalist provided a powder for R800 which and#034;works forever and#034; if ingested or rubbed anywhere on the skin,

Another herbalist, who identified himself only as and#034;a professor and#034;, said after a compulsory R50 consultation, he would be able to and#034;solve any of your problems for R300 and#034;.

A registered traditional healer who did not want to be named said that bogus healers were and#034;a huge problem and#034;.

and#034;We cannot double your money. We do not cast spells. Do not fall for this,and#034; she said.

and#034;We and#039;re getting so many complaints about this and because there and#039;s no (traditional healers and#039;) council or healers and#039; registry, there and#039;s no way to regulate these people,and#034; she said.

She said mainly women fell for and#034;criminals posing as healers and#034;.

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer constable N Manqele urged the community not to fall prey to such scams. “If anyone has any information regarding individuals conning people out of cash to report it to relevant authorities. Or call SAPS.

He said that the community had been of numerous occasions to always research first before engaging the services of traditional healers, as there are many con artists out there

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