IN A dramatic incident police officers swooped on a traditional healer from Bulawayo’s Nkulumane suburb during a raid of shebeens and stumbled upon a dead python placed on a fowl run and dagga in the yard.
It is said during the raid of shebeens in the suburb police officers received a tip-off that a traditional healer cum shebeen queen Emilia Khosi (64)’s farmed dagga and sold it to her clients.
It is alleged police details pounced at her house during the dead of the night and stumbled on a dead python that was put on the fowl run and they also saw dagga spread on a plastic sheet.
The court heard the police officers had to sniff around the yard and discovered two plants of dagga measuring 75 centimetres in the back yard.
It is alleged upon asking Khosi she disclosed that she was a traditional healer and used the dagga for healing purposes.
The police officers arrested the shebeen queen and her clients.
She was taken to Nkulumane police station. Her clients paid fines and were released.
She appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Stephen Ndhlovu and pleaded guilty to two counts of being found in possession of a dead python in contravention of the Parks and Wildlife Act and to contravening a section of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which criminalises dealing in dangerous drugs.
She took to the stand: “Your worship, I’m a traditional healer and I admit that they found dagga at my yard which I use for healing purposes and I also use bones of a dead python for healing purposes as well.”