Albino’s are still living under fear
KWA-ZULU NATAL – The mother of a four-year-old albino boy, who disappeared more than three months ago, is terrified that he was snatched for muti.
Albinos are living in fear in the province following the disappearance of the child from Esikhawini in the northern part of the province on June 22 this year, and a recent murder of another albino.
Baneliswa Ntombela was walking home from church when it is believed he was snatched.
Baneliswas mother, Hloniphile Ntombela (22), said she was terrified by the disappearance of her son as another albino in the area, Thandazile Mpunzi, had been killed in Manguzi in the north of the province.
She said she had heard that albino people were killed for their body parts, which were believed to bring riches.
Traditional doctor Jerico Sazi Mhlongo said while many people pretended to be traditional doctors, real traditional doctors did not use any human body parts in their craft.
Mhlongo said he had heard that albinos were being killed and taken to Mozambique.
KwaZulu Natal MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, said social workers were counselling Hloniphile Ntombela and her family.
KZN police spokesman Thulani Zwane said police were investigating the disappearance of the little boy and were hoping more information would come to light soon.