20 January 2019


Traditional healers fight to restore dignity and integrity

by: Kagiso Metswamere and Lorato Majobe   date: 22 july 2018

Acting Premier of Bokone Bophirima, Wendy Nelson, said efforts to rebrand, reposition
and renew the province cannot be achieved by government alone, but with united sectors of society.
She was speaking during the closing of a two-day Provincial Traditional Health
Practitioners summit in Rustenburg last week. Nelson said organized sectors of society would defect any social ills affecting
the province.
“We are very proud of our traditional healers who are now getting organized to fight against people who continue to
destroy our people in their names.
“We are going to work and support the work they will be doing to make sure
that people in their field follow policies governing them and expose and uproot
those who are hiding behind their good names doing evil work in our communities,“ she said.
The objective of the summit was to
relook closely and find loopholes on existing policies governing the practice of
traditional healing in the country. It also aimed to thoroughly discuss and find the
best way of implementing laws and policies after the provincial gathering.
The Acting Premier commended traditional healers for electing their new executive, which will work closely with government in dealing with challenges facing them.
“We are also concerned, as government,
to see our people doing illegal abortions and later die because of these operations in our communities and we think what you have done in the two days
will really yield good results,” she said.

“After this summit, the Office of the Premier will lead a process of drafting a bill
which will work as a guideline in ensuring traditional healing is properly and legitimately practiced,” said Nelson.
She also announced at the summit that the provincial government was in talks
with the Provincial Legislature to ensure
that there is one sitting every year to deal with challenges facing traditional healers.
“As part of restoring the dignity and ensuring that traditional healers adhere to
regulations governing their operation, we want to pursue our Provincial Legislature to establish ‘Dingaka Parliament’.
“We have already engaged the Speaker
to ensure we have a Traditional Healers Parliament to be held once a year to deal with these matters,” she said.
The newly elected Provincial Traditional
Healers Chairperson, Obakeng Mooki,
expressed appreciation for the work the
provincial government was doing to help
them resolve their challenges. “We really commend our government
for the work they are doing so far with us to confront issues in our communities. Our first priority from here will be to restore
the dignity and integrity we continue
to lose as a results of people killing one another in our name,” he said.