Pretoria - The Christians of South Africa (Cosa) group on Monday criticised traditional healer Gogo Ntoleng for predicting that the African National Congress (ANC) would receive a bigger share of voter support than it did in last week's general election.
The sangoma was hosted on the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Full View show before the elections. She predicted that the governing party would receive 60.7% of all votes cast. It ended up with 57.50%.
"The main aim of this act of conspiracy was to scare off the opposition vote and create a delusion of the ANC's victory," said Cosa president, pastor Derick Mosoana.
"The mischievous utterance of this sangoma as broadcasted live on the SABC, 10 hours before the actual vote, is a direct contributor [to the low] voter turnout and an increased percentage of spoiled ballots," said Mosoana.
Those believing in ancestors were "lured into the fallacy that the ANC has already won - making it pointless to vote for an opposition party of choice," he added.