Woman, inyanga in love potion row


A WOMAN from Hillside and her male accomplice, a registered traditional healer, are in trouble after they allegedly made a love potion and cast a spell on the woman’s boyfriend so he could be “crazily in love” with her.


The woman, Woolf Tanja of Hillside, and Chafadzwa Matsaure the traditional healer, both whose ages were not given, denied the charges when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Evelyn Mashavakure. They were charged with associating or practicing acts of witchcraft on Stuart Marsho Joseph.

Yesterday the magistrate remanded the matter to January 14 2015 for continuation of trial after a witness, also a traditional healer, who was expected to testify in the case, failed to turn up indicating that he had other commitments.

Prosecutor Hlanganani Vundla told the court that on a date unknown, but sometime in 2007, Tanja fell in love with Joseph and she sought assistance from Matsaure, a registered traditional medical practitioner, to induce some unknown substances believed to be love potions to enhance their relationship.

Matsaure allegedly provided the charms to Tanja, who then went and administered them on Joseph.

Joseph is alleged to have started behaving abnormally.

He fell “madly in love” with Tanja as the charm allegedly took effect.

In January 2014, Joseph sought help from Matsaure over the strange feelings and behaviour and the traditional healer reportedly confirmed to him that he was responsible for his behaviour because of the charms he gave to Tanja.

Joseph then made a report to the police, leading to the arrest of the two.