Homes linked to muti killings burnt down

2013-03-13 21:07
Johannesburg - Two houses were burnt down in Mabeskraal near Rustenberg during protests against muti killings, North West police said on Wednesday.

The houses were believed to belong to two businessmen who were linked to a number of deaths in the area.

The men were implicated in the muti trade by a man who claimed to work for them, said0police spokesperson Thulane Ngubane.

He allegedly confessed to the community after they threatened his life.

"This guy was accused of working for a businessman collecting mutilated body parts [for him]," said Ngubane.

The man apparently told residents he was not directly involved with the killings, he just worked for two businessmen.

Police were alerted of unrest in the area.

"When the police arrived he told them he made that statement under duress," said Ngubane.

Police are now investigating the man and the businessmen.

According to Daily Sun, four people in the village had disappeared since December.

Their bodies were later found mutilated.

On Tuesday, a riot ensued in the area after community leader, Kgosi Molopyane Mabe, called for a meeting to discuss the killings.

Residents chanted that those implicated in the killings should be hunted and killed, the paper said.

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