Sangoma Letoya Makhene slams criticism that R1,000 is 'too much for just throwing bones'
“My time is precious and if you want it and my dlozi's attention ... pay for it!” Letoya hit back.
Actress and trained sangoma Letoya Makhene-Pulumo has been left disappointed by the lack of value placed on her work as a traditional healer, saying she can't believe the “nerve” of some people.
This was after the Generations: The Legacy actress took to Instagram to update her followers on the recent developments in her practice. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on travel and the increasing demand for her services, Letoya announced that she had finally decided to offer virtual consultations to keep up with the demand.
“There’s been an increase in bookings for consultations with me and due to the fact that many of these requests come from outside JHB and the inconvenience of travelling due to Covid-19, I’ve had to open myself up to virtual consultations,” Letoya said, before directing potential customers to her website and WhatsApp line for more information.
While many seemed to appreciate this move in her comments section, one fan was boggled by the prices. It costs R1,000 for an hour of Letoya's time.
In a now-deleted comment, one follower disagreed with the price, saying she couldn't believe people paid that amount of money only to have people like Letoya “only for uphosa amathambo” (throw bones) for them.
Letoya did not take kindly to the comment and went on to lambaste the follower for the disrespect.
“Wow. You actually said that out loud. That's the problem with you people. You will gladly pay this amount to sit in a coffee shop with an 'intuitive' to give you a reading that will not even shed light on your life in the way that we sangomas will. But you have the nerve to say 'only for uphosa amathambo'. Sies. La re nyatsa (you look down on us).
“My time is precious and if you want it and my dlozi's attention... pay for it!” Letoya said.
On her following comment, where the actress was advertising one of the products she sells — an immune booster — another follower came for her in the comment section.
This follower questioned her credibility as a sangoma, saying “real” sangomas didn't need to advertise themselves or their product on social media, because “word of mouth” and “their good works” would be doing the talking on their behalf.
Letoya didn't let that comment go unanswered.
“My good work has been doing the talking for years. Right now we are going through a pandemic and people are dying! Why the hell should I not go above and beyond to help my people? Gosh!” she responded.
The actress embraced her gift of healing at the age of 18, in 2002. She graduated as a fully qualified and practising sangoma in 2003 and has been running her private practice since.
Taking to Instagram recently, Letoya shared some of the challenges she has faced since accepting her calling.
“People have chosen to judge me because I have chosen to live my life my way. People who have absolutely no understanding of even their own journey and where it is taking them have chosen to play God and point fingers at me. Well I have chosen to follow my heart and sometimes I have made bad choices. But in everything that I’ve done, I’ve always been true to myself. I’ve always lived in my truth.
“When I was 18 and answered my ancestral calling, I was told to hide it from the world because it would ruin my career. Still...#IDidItMyWay” Letoya wrote on her Instagram.