Stop killing people living with albinism

Traditional healers and practitioners say ‘Not in their Name’ and to stop killing albino people. Photo: Mduduzi Mathebula.

SEBOKENG . – Traditional practitioners and traditional healers emerged and recently spoke out against the killing of albino people. The campaign against killing albino people featured heavily in the ‘Not in our Name’ march.

“We are not witchdoctors. We are traditional practitioners and healers who are gifted and tasked to persuade people not kill,” said Mashidiso Ntwalo, chairperson of Sedibeng Traditional Practitioners. The gathering was at Zone 12 where many gathered to voice their outcry against to the killing of albinos who are, after all, fellow humans.

They are our brothers and sisters. They are our fellow practitioners. Why should we kill them?” Speaking on behalf of Albinism Madithaba Thabethe said the stigma of being an albino is so severe, the pain is real and is unexplainable: “I’m human, no different from you. I was given birth to by normal people like you and me. I’m no albino. I’m Madithaba – a wife, and mother, sister and aunt to others just like any of you.” She said she would like to thank God for the husband who supported her. Even when his family called her a thing, he stood by her.

Zolile Sidiya of the Khulisa Disability Network said, “Living with a condition does not mean labelling me accordingly. We all have a condition. Mine might be visible. Yours might be hiding. I’m Zolile, not the one who suffers from epilepsy. I’m Zolile, a human being like you.” The motion to stop killing people who are albinos was the main topic of the day.

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