PORT ELIZABETH – A Port Elizabeth sangoma made a brief appearance in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court on Monday for allegedly forcing a woman to walk over burning coals.

Police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, said a case against 45-year-old Nomatamsanqa Madlamini Meze was opened and she was subsequently arrested over the weekend.

Beetge said the complainant, 40-year-old Pumeze Lugawu, opened a case after she was admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital for serious burn wounds to both her feet.

“The incident happened on 8 July 2017 when the victim was undergoing a training ritual as a sangoma and was forced to walk over burning coals.

“Since the incident, the victim went to a health clinic, she was then referred to a doctor, until finally being admitted to hospital,” said Beetge.

Meze is facing charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The case against her was postponed until October 19 for further investigation.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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