Pensioner dies after consulting traditional healer – Police

WINDHOEK; The Police at the northern border town of Oshikango reported that a pensioner and resident of Omundaungilo village died on Wednesday last week, shortly after she consulted a traditional healer in the area.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Sergeant Slogan Matheus told a media briefing here on Sunday that the victim – Hendrina Martin – allegedly approached a traditional healer at her village earlier that day (Wednesday) for assistance to cure her ‘heavy drinking habits’.

After the consultation between the two women (Martin and the traditional healer), the traditional healer allegedly ordered her client (Martin) to go and buy a bottle of Tassenberg red wine and another bottle of Castelo gingerfizz wine.

The 72-year-old Martin apparently bought the two bottles as per the instruction of her traditional healer and handed the two bottles over to the medicine woman.

It is alleged that the traditional healer then mixed the wine from the two bottles with some herbs and gave the mixture to her client (Martin) to drink as a remedy or cure to her ‘heavy drinking habits’.

Police said that shortly after Martin had finished drinking the mixture of the herbs and wines, she started vomiting and bleeding.

In the end, she collapsed and died.

The 58-year-old traditional healer was arrested by the Police and is now said to be helping the members of the law enforcement unit to complete their investigations into the case.

The victim’s next-of-kin have already been informed of the death.

In an unrelated matter, the Police at Eenhana opened an inquest docket after a 38-year-old Angolan cattle herder died at Ondjaba village in the Okongo area last Friday when he allegedly ate some meat which was offered at a memorial service at that village.

It is alleged that the cattle herder started vomiting after he allegedly ate some of the meat at a memorial service he attended earlier that same Friday.

The deceased person was employed by a Namibian citizen as a cattle herder at Omushiyo village.

According to Matheus, it was not clear yet if the deceased person was already sick or whether he was assaulted earlier during the day before his death, as his body was found with some bruises on the arms, face and abdomen.

The Police are yet to inform his next-of-kin, and investigations are already underway to establish the exact circumstances that lead to the death of the Angolan national.