14 in court for witchcraft killing

2012-01-13 14:21
Durban - Fourteen people will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing an elderly couple, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

"Fourteen suspects will appear in court on Monday," Captain Thulani Zwane said.

A mob set alight and killed an elderly couple living in Lindelani, near Ntuzuma on Wednesday morning, after accusing them of practising witchcraft.

The 14 people, aged between 18 and 40, were arrested in Lindelani on Thursday.

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 last Friday by a mob which accused them of killing their 16-year-old 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 had been beaten by either her grandmother or her father.

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