Cops caution public as bogus traditional doctors swindle P400 000 in healing scam
Police have issued an alert after a Mogoditshane businessman was left sick, broke and desperate when a bogus traditional doctor swindled him of almost P400 000 in a healing scam.
54-year old Steven Tshiamo told how a visit to a traditional doctor in Tlokweng ended in misery after a Kenyan conman swindled him of his money and left him in debt.
Superintendent Lebalang Maniki of Tlokweng police, who is investigating the case, warned the public to be on the look out for the fraudsters.
Relating the chronicle of events that led to his misfortune, an ailing Mogoditshane businessman described how he lost almost P400 000 to conmen posing as traditional doctors.
Steven Tshiamo, 54, described how the drama started after he had gone to seek help for his medical condition.
“I read about a certain Professor Ndungu in a newspaper advert and I made an appointment with him. We met in Tlokweng where he charged me P50 for consultation and P700 for a potion. He then promised that I would be healed within seven days,” he recalled.
When his condition did not improve after a week, Tshiamo says he went back to the doctor who prescribed ‘rainbow water’ as a cure.
“I looked for the water everywhere but I couldn’t find any. The doctor then referred me to his friend in Francistown and after a lengthy negotiation he agreed to sell me 4 litres for P4 000.”
Tshiamo says his condition worsened and when he went back to the doctor he told him that he needed to consult with the gods first.
“He later called and told me that the gods wanted to talk to me in person. He took me to a different house in Tlokweng.
“The consultation room was decorated in the same pattern as the first one, with black cloth draping the walls. In the darkness of the small room I could hear amplified voices telling me that I was blessed and that I’d soon be rich,” he related.
When he opened his eyes, Tshiamo says the room was illuminated with candle light and that there was a box full of P100 notes.
“I was told that the money was P1.5 million and that it was a gift from the gods, but I was required to pay a quarter of the money before I could get it.
“On my second visit I was told that the gods had increased the gift amount to P3 million. When I reminded the doctor that I had come to get healed and not make money, he told me that the gods liked me and that the fortune was part of the healing process. I was given one P100 note as proof that the money was genuine.”
Tshiamo went on to say: “I could not resist the temptation of P3million, so I sold my Nissan Sun car and gave the money to the doctor. I then borrowed some money from family and friends and took all the money I had made from my brick moulding business.”
In addition he was instructed to buy a safe worth P4 000 to safeguard the money he had been promised.
“I was also given the key and told not to open the safe within 14 days. However I became nervous when I heard in the news about conmen who posed as traditional doctors.”
Tshiamo then decided to open the safe, but when he went to the place where it been stored, it had mysteriously disappeared.
“I tried contacting the doctor, but his phone rang unanswered and he has not talked to me since then as his phones are always off,” he concluded.
Tlokweng police Superintendent Lebalang Maniki confirmed that officers were still investigating the matter.
“Such incidents are on the rise despite the fact that we are doing our best to send out the message through the police ‘Itshireletse’ program and newspapers. Perpetrators of such crimes target vulnerable people and are so merciless that they even target sick people.
“We advise the public to deal with traceable doctors through the Dingaka Association. We are still on the hunt for the culprits in this case and we urge anyone with information to report to the police,” he said.