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SA appeal court ruling based on false claim about African use of traditional medicine

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South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has found that a sick note from a traditional healer should be taken as seriously by an employer as a note from a medical doctor.

The ruling was based in part on the claim that "80% of South Africans met their 'physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing' needs through the use of traditional medicine".

As Africa Check reported earlier this year, the claim stems from a book published 30 years ago, and is false.

The real figure is nearer 1.5%. - Africa Check 05/12/13.

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