Shock As Albino Boy Kidnapped In South Africa's KZN
The Albinism Society in KwaZulu-Natal says it is shocked by the alleged kidnapping of a four year-old boy with albinism, Maneliswa Ntombela.
Ntombela went missing from Mkhoboza at eSikhaleni, outside eMpangeni in the north of the province.
The Albinism Society advocates against the discrimination of people with albinism.
The family says the little boy had been outside a local church in the company of two unknown men.
It is believed that incidents of attacks and killing of people with albinism take place so that the body parts can be used for muti purposes.
Society chairperson, Bhekisisa Thabethe, has condemned the attacks.
“We have spoken to traditional healers confirming that there's no herb that can be mixed with human parts. You can't heal with anything that has got human body parts. We are sure about the fact that nothing about human body that can be effective it can only be related to witchcraft rather than healing. Myths and wrong beliefs should not harm us in any way, but we need to be protected by communities and by law.”
Last year, a twenty-one year old woman with albinism, Thandazile Mpunzi was murdered at Scabazini in Umhlabuyalingana in the far northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Her mutilated body was found in a shallow grave after community intervention.
Thabethe has called on communities to unite against the attack of people with albinism.