Businesswoman Thobekile Mdlalose made headlines after it was reported that her company Esy Life, which supplies organic products for immune boosting, claimed to be able to cure Covid-19, HIV/Aids and cancer.

Thobekile, a representative of the company, has since spoken out to clear the air about the reports.

“That is not what we said. People completely misunderstood the statement,” Thobekile said.

“Our products are immune boosters. They are organic and fight diseases, but do not cure,” she said.

“We have plum juice which helps with gut health, Alkaline water which neutralises the body’s acid caused by the food we eat, Ganoderma coffee that helps heal the problems of the respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system, endocrine system and other systems,” she said.

Thobekile said their products are approved by the SABS.

“But in no way did I say they’re a cure for chronic diseases. That is false,” said Thobekile.

“We have highly encouraged people to continue to use their chronic medication as advised by doctors.”

Thobekile feels it’s easy for people to misunderstand information.

“People have been tricked by false prophets and fake doctors. They seek help. They have also lost loved ones that they are desperate and are willing to take any advice that is given to them, and we wish to caution people to not fall into that trap,” she says.

Thobekile got into the business after her husband had been ill and hospitalised with chronic ulcers.

“My husband spent time in ICU and was struggling with his health,” she said.

“We found ourselves in a position of not being able to make money and bills were piling up. A friend introduced me to organic Esy Life products where I could assist my husband’s health while making money and seeing the products,” she said.

She said with many people experiencing health issues during this time and with many having lost their jobs, they have assisted thousands of families to regain their faith.

“It’s time for us to stop expecting handouts and put our health first and also take responsibility for the money that comes in and out of our homes,” said Thobekile.