A fringe of South African society still believes women should be beaten for ‘burning food’ and ‘refusing sex’ – Image via Adobe Stock

Rape Latest: Traditional healer who repeatedly raped woman, gets life

Nhlanhla Mabaso, 36, took the woman to his house to purportedly fetch medicine but instead locked her in and raped her all night.


A fringe of South African society still believes women should be beaten for ‘burning food’ and ‘refusing sex’ – Image via Adobe Stock

A traditional healer who lured and then locked a customer inside his house where he repeatedly raped her all night has been sentenced in the Greytown Regional Court this week.

SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said a 36-year-old woman had travelled from Kranskop to Greytown to consult with a traditional healer on 11 January 2020.

Mbele said the woman had met the traditional healer, Nhlanhla Mabaso, 36, outside a local supermarket in Sargeant Street in Greytown. Mabaso had informed her that the medication she needed was at his home and that she should accompany him to Lindelani informal Settlement in Greytown. Instead, he took her home and raped her repeatedly.

“The victim trusted the traditional healer and followed him. On arrival at his residence, the traditional healer became aggressive and locked the victim in the house before he raped her,” Mbele said.

“He threatened to harm her if she made any noise. Fearing for her life she did as instructed and the accused repeatedly raped her until the following day when he released and accompanied her to the taxi rank,” Mbele said.

However, instead of catching a taxi back to her home in Kranskop, the woman went to the Greytown police station where she opened a case of rape against the traditional healer. 

Mbele said the traditional healer was arrested on 13 January 2020, in Durban Street in Greytown while he was selling traditional medicine. 

“The docket was transferred to Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units for further investigation. The accused made several court appearances until he was convicted and sentenced,” Mbele said.

The court handed down a sentence of life imprisonment on Monday 26 April.

According to recent SAPS crime statistics, while contact crimes decreased by 1,4% in the period October to December 2020, a 5% increase in the number of sexual offences was recorded. A total of 12 218 rape incidents occurred in the three month period from October to December 2020.