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14 held for killing couple over witchcraft

2012-01-12 16:08

Durban - Fourteen people were arrested on Thursday morning for killing an elderly couple in Lindelani, near Ntuzuma, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

A mob set alight and killed the couple in Lindelani on Wednesday morning, accusing them of practising witchcraft.

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

"During the early hours of this morning [Thursday] 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 her husband Rafael Dubazane, 66, dead on the road after the attack.

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 the 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.

Comments
  • Deon - 2012-01-12 16:20

    Well done in arresting part of the mob. We know the police and courts are slow but who are we to judge and kill?

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-13 06:15

      I am truly ashamed to be the same race as these ignorant savages. Can't believe in this day in age we have people who still refuse to embrace civilization and remain stuck with the stone age mentality.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-12 16:24

    This is IGNORANT,SADISTIC,BARBARIC behaviour which is disguised under the heading of traditional cultural beliefs! Someone please wake these ignorant clots up and tell them we are not living in medival times!

      soulsister - 2012-01-12 16:51

      Nothing will change them. They do live in medieval times, that's the way they have been brought up and bring their children up the same way.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-12 16:33

    Bloody savages!!!

  • Neville - 2012-01-12 16:38

    Still in the bush why kill elderly people

  • valkyriaza - 2012-01-12 16:42

    We can talk all about some of them being uneducated and ignorant till the proverbial cows come home. In reality, this poor couple's sin was not to splurge lots of money on their granddaughters funeral and having a bigger plot of land. What is scary is how quickly they turned into a howling mob driven by greed and blood-lust

  • adrianlouw2 - 2012-01-12 16:47

    OIA (ONLY IN AFRICA, THIS IS WHY WE WILL ALWAYS BE A 3 RD WORLD COUNTRY)

      Mlungisi.Chamane - 2012-01-12 17:18

      If there is no 2nd world that means no third world too... i refuse my country to be called as such... that is design by the evel one...

      adrianlouw2 - 2012-01-13 09:07

      DEFINITELY 3 RD WORLD, WHEN YOU STILL BELIEVE IN WITCHCRAFT, HAVE NO CULTURE , NO ARTS, NO WRITTEN LANGUAGE, CANNOT INVENT ANYTHING ETC.ETC. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. ,AND WHAT IS "EVEL ONE"? NO SPEILE CHEECK!!!!

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-13 09:43

      @Mlungisi: Definatly this is a third world. This is the 21st century, not the dark ages and yet you idiots still believe in this stupid witchcraft. It is just typical africa. These mutilations and and neckless burning is just savage. They were and elderly couple and just because some brainless idiot claimed they were using witchcraft they went on a rampage and burned them to death. That whole mob deserve the same treatment.

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-12 17:00

    A few weeks ago our Prsident mumbled something about life being so much better for the elderly before missionaries arrived. Yeah right!

      Sphiwe - 2012-01-13 08:37

      @ PaasHaas:How does your comment has something to do with the topic?

  • Piet - 2012-01-12 17:31

    Ooooo those ansjastas

  • damon.leff - 2012-01-12 19:46

    The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA), who represents South African Witches, condemns this barbaric attack by community members. Why was this couple not placed under police protection when they were first accused? Support 30 days of advocacy against witchhunts - 29 March to 27 April http://www.paganrightsalliance.org/30_days.html

      azgaurd - 2012-01-13 07:54

      lol

  • Moi - 2012-01-13 06:49

    They should all spend a good amount of time in jail. ABsolutely sickening.

  • AntiThesis - 2012-01-13 07:09

    What century do we live in again? Oh I forgot, it does not matter, since we live in Africa

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-13 08:04

    As soon as South Africans know that this is crime the better, unfortunately many have died because they were suspected witches, however there is no patent evidence to prove that. Wake up Africa, old folks are not criminals and they don't deserve to die this way.

      Jayne - 2012-01-13 09:45

      Mlungisi, I agree that no one deserves to die like this, BUT please do not be so naive as to think that being old means you are innocent! What about grandfathers who molest their grandchildren or police chiefs that are corrupt?

  • Rob - 2012-01-13 12:07

    I wonder what the ancestors of this lot think of them?

  • Linda - 2012-01-13 12:12

    Hope they all rot in jail, poor family!!

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