The Department of Health (DOH) and traditional healers are at loggerheads over new regulations proposed for traditional health practitioners.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to deputy director of traditional medicine at the Department of Health, Bruce Mbedzi, and a traditional healer, Makhosi Nomsa Sibeko, on their disagreements regarding the issue.
Listen to the conversation below:
...We need to regulate the practice and the practitioners... The department has decided to establish a regulator for the traditional health practice as this is in line with legislation.— Bruce Mbedzi, DOH deputy director of traditional medicine
...We have a problem of charlatans. We have people going around doing things in the name of traditional health practitioners,— Bruce Mbedzi, DOH deputy director of traditional medicine
What happens to that person when they defy their calling? The government is not telling us. How are we going to deal with someone like that?— Makhosi Nomsa Sibeko, traditional healer
...They need to integrate traditional medicine into the mainstream because we're helping people, we do this all the time,— Makhosi Nomsa Sibeko, traditional healer