19 September 2018


Traditional healers elect district committees

by: Thebe Itumeleng   date:

Traditional healers in Bokone Bophirima have elected district committees to look after the interest of all traditional healers in the province. The committees will serve as a link between the health department and traditional health practitioners.

The Traditional Health Practitioners Act No 22 of 2007 demands that these structures be elected every three years.

The elected committees will assist the department with the implementation of African traditional medicine policies and to bring about equal recognition of all traditional health practitioners in the province, regardless of their affiliation to other associations.

It is these committees' responsibility to ensure that health care services rendered by traditional healers are of good quality. The committees will also assist the department to develop a database for all traditional health practitioners operating within the borders of Bokone Bophirima province.

The committees are also tasked with ensuring that traditional health practitioners serve the interest of the public who use or are affected by the services of the traditional health.

The newly elected Traditional Health Practitioners Committee Chairperson for Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District, Kentse Esau, said she was honoured to be elected by her colleagues in the district to lead them.

"It is really an honour for me to be elected as the chairperson for this newly established committee. We will work together with government to bring about change that is needed in this area. We will serve you with pride and make sure we restore our dignity as traditional practitioners.

"Our people need us and they need our services. As a new leadership in the district, we will ensure that all traditional practitioners operating within the borders of the district are registered and operate within the guidelines stipulated in the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (THP) and the constitution of the country because our people deserve the best," Esau said.

Bokone Bophirima's Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, said the law required his office to establish these structures.

"We are happy that we have successfully managed to establish these committees in all four district municipalities as it is required by the Traditional Health Practitioners Act. Our duty as a department now is to provide these committees with appropriate resources and guidance to ensure their functionality," MEC Masike said.

The very same district committees will elect provincial traditional health practitioners executive committee before the end of the current financial year.

The districts committees will serve for a term of three years.


  1. IMG 0137 - Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati' newly elected Traditional Health Practitioners Committee with Managers from the Department of Health.
  2. IMG 0093 - Nomination Process. Traditional Health Practitioners nominating their preferred candidates during the election of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati committee last week.