Woman dies after taking healing water from sangoma

A 25-year-old Bulawayo woman from Douglasdale died after drinking a lethal concoction she got from a Sangoma who has since been arrested.

Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident yesterday.

“We are investigating a culpable homicide incident which occurred in Douglasdale suburb where a 25-year-old woman died after drinking a concoction given to her by a traditional healer.

“At the moment we cannot say much as investigations are still in progress. However, the suspect has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations,” said Asst Insp Msebele. She urged members of the public to be cautious when dealing with sangomas and faith healers.

She also urged faith-based healers to take extra precaution when administering medication to their clients to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

According to sources, Musiyiwa is a member of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association (ZINATHA) and also a member of the Bulawayo Polytechnic College examination board.

The source revealed that the deceased had visited the traditional healer with her cousin but the cousin later returned home after realising that the queue was too long. The deceased was served at about 3PM and she was given a mixture to drink and started groaning like a possessed person making cow-like sounds. She also started vomiting while jumping towards the precast wall before falling unconscious,” said the source.

He said Musiyiwa waited for some time before calling her husband to the shrine and they took Sibanda to the United Bulawayo Hospitals where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sibanda’s husband Mr Ketumetsi Moyo (26) was in shock and wasn’t aware that his wife was consulting a sangoma.

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