The media has been reporting on the case of Johannah Mmelodi, who had the calling and wanted to do the etwasa process to become a sangoma. Even though she worked for 8 years at Kievitskroon Country Estate, and wanted a month’s unpaid leave, her employers refused her request and fired her.
After she returned to work, she was subjected to a disciplinary hearing for absenteeism and fired.
The CCMA found that Mmelodi’s dismissal was unfair, and they reinstated her in her post.
The company appealed, and the Labour Appeals Court ruled in Mmelodi’s favour, saying South Africa was a land of many cultures and that traditional Western culture could not be allowed to dominate the African culture of many of the country’s inhabitants.
Welcoming the ruling, the Black Business Council said companies should not victimise workers who visited traditional healers.
“Companies cannot only accept certificates from medical doctors when we live in a diversified society,” said its president Ndaba Ntsele.
- South Africa labour court okays traditional healer’s ‘sick note’ A labour appeals court in South Africa has validated a “medical certificate” written by a traditional healer, the Sunday Times reported.
After being denied unpaid leave by her Pretoria employer in 2007, Johanna Mmoledi had produced a note from a traditional healer stating somewhat cryptically that she had been “diagnosed with a perminisions of…
- S. Africa labour court okays traditional healer’s ‘sick note’ After being denied unpaid leave by her Pretoria employer in 2007, Johanna Mmoledi had produced a note from a traditional healer stating somewhat cryptically that she had been “diagnosed with a perminisions of ancestors”/FILE. JOHANNESBURG, Oct 21 – A labour appeals court in South Africa has validated a “medical certificate” written by a…
- Sangoma Healing Lonmin Marikana Massacre If you’re following mass media, you’re aware of the stories of the sangoma who’s part of the mythology of the sordid tale of the massacre. Apparently for R500, striking miners could get dosed with his powerful muti to make them invisible, impervious to bullets, etc.
- Ancestors Message & Guidance 10th October 2012 The Sangomas of Africa Shaman Experience have been guided to make available messages from the Ancestors that apply to all of humanity, no matter race or country. These are messages that apply to All of us; including ourselves as Sangomas. All Sangoma Shamans are in regular contact or meditation with the Ancestral guides, the Amadlozi which means