Traditional health practitioners in the Eastern Cape expressed shock and dismay at the arrest of a healer accused of raping his niece over a period of three years.

The news of the 56-year-old herbalist’s arrest has irked traditional health practitioners.

They have called for bail to be denied for the man who allegedly raped his 28-year-old niece at Bolotwa village near Dutywa.

After his arrest, the suspect appeared in the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on a charge of rape.

The case was postponed to November 9 for bail application.

Butterworth police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said: “The allegation is that the suspect started to rape the victim from June 2013 until October 2016.

“The suspect used some tricks by informing the victim that he was going to re-unite the victim with her husband as they were in separation.

“He called the unsuspecting victim to his house where he told her that he had prepared some traditional herbs,” said Manatha.

Manatha said despite continuous promises that the woman would be reunited with her husband, it never happened.

“It is not clear why the victim never reported the crime since 2013 and only reported it in October 2016,” said Manatha.

Mnto said that if the allegations were proven true it was “a disgrace to the practice”.

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