France vigilantes set house alight

2011-02-01 00:00

THE house where the head of Loyiso Jokweni was found in a freezer on Friday was burnt down by the community of France on Sunday evening.

The police made the gruesome discovery on Friday after following up a tip-off, and the occupant of the house was arrested while his girlfriend, who owns the house, was taken in for questioning.

The suspect, Roger Thusi, alleged that Mduduzi Manqele, a traditional healer of Mafakathini, had instructed him to decapitate Jokweni (18).

Both men were arrested and appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

A second house in the same area, which community members alleged housed three boys with whom Jokweni was seen after he left home, was also burnt down.

The boys allegedly disappeared when asked about the Jokweni’s whereabouts, after he went missing on Christmas Day.

Said an angry Nhlanhla Zondi, “Why would the boys disappear if they knew nothing about the killing?

“We don’t have room for evil people and we can’t have the image of our place tarnished by outsiders.

“As for this Roger, we took him in like any other person, only to discover this shocking revelation about the type of creature he is.”

On Saturday, the Mafakathini community looted Manqele’s properties and set his house alight.

The couple do not have any known relatives in the area. Thusi, the alleged killer, is known to be a loner.

He is thought to have arrived in France from the Mafakathini area in 2008.

An unidentified woman said she has sleepless nights since the discovery at the house.

Her six-year-old daughter used to go and play at the house with the couple’s three-year-old daughter.

“I used to visit the woman of that house and she would come to my place too.

“I can’t stop thinking of what could have happened to my baby. Since Friday I haven’t been allowing her out of my sight and I’m also thinking of leaving this area because of the rampant criminal activities,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.

Asked what type of a person Thusi is, a youth who also asked not to be named said he never saw him drunk.

“He was lucky that the police got to him before we did,” said the youth.

Police appealed to the community not to take the law into their hands.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the matter is in court now and it is at a sensitive stage so any action by the community might jeopardise the investigation.

“Anyone with information regarding the three boys who disappeared must contact the police as these boys might have valuable information,” she said.

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