Maria Tsotetsi (49), from extension 28 in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, SA, says she has an evil snake inside her stomach. She said she has been told by several prophets and traditional healers that the reptile lives inside her.
Maria, who looks pregnant, said she was in hospital in 2011, where the doctors told her she had a growth.
“They told me I had lost blood and they wanted to operate on me but nothing happened after that. The nurses put me on drips but a few days later, they released me.”
She said that her ex-boyfriend took her to a bishop after she complained about a pain in her stomach. The bishop told her to strip her of her clothes and gave her muthi (herbs) to steam. “The muthi was covered in a white and brown snake skin. The bishop said it would cure me,” she said. But a few days later, she realised there was something in her body and her teeth started falling out.
“I believe the muthi made me lose my teeth. My boyfriend then dumped me after 14 years and I’ve been single ever since,” she said. “I want him to come and remove the snake he put in my stomach. I believe he’s responsible for this.” She said she sometimes has her period for two weeks and it’s so heavy she has to use nappies.
Traditional healer Ntsimbi Ngema said: “This kind of thing is done by jealous lovers. There’s no way Maria could have a new boyfriend because he could die after having sex with her.