Fourteen arrested for mob murder

2012-01-12 14:22

Fourteen people were arrested after an elderly couple was murdered in Lindelani, near Ntuzuma, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

A mob set alight and killed the elderly couple on Wednesday morning, after accusing them of witchcraft.

“Ntuzuma detectives immediately started the investigation and identified 14 community members as possible suspects in the murder,” Captain Thulani Zwane said.

“During the early hours of this morning the 14, aged between 18 and 40, were arrested by the police and are still being questioned,” he said.

“We need to emphasise that any form of vigilantism will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be arrested, prosecuted and sent to prison.”

Police found Elsa Dubazane (60) dead in her bedroom and the body of her husband Rafael Dubazane (66) in the road.

The Mercury reported that the couple was attacked and assaulted on Friday by a mob which accused them of killing their granddaughter and burying her in their yard.

“Their granddaughter died at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital on January 4. She had overdosed on some pills because she was having family problems,” Zwane said.

He said police were waiting for the results of a post mortem as there were allegations that Zakude Shozi (16) had been beaten by either her grandmother or her father.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal’s acting MEC for transport and community safety, Senzo Mchunu, has commended police on their swift action but warned the community not to take matters into their own hands.

“This [the arrests] shows that the police are hard at work fighting criminal activities,” he said.

“I want to warn communities not to take the law into their own hands. Our Constitution clearly states that everyone has the right to live and nobody has the right to take that away regardless of the circumstances.”

He added that vigilantism was not acceptable and would be fought.

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