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Women stoned to death, bodies burnt

2011-03-22 18:06

Johannesburg - Two Limpopo women were stoned to death by people who accused them of being witches, police said on Tuesday.

Cynthia Lemaho, 26, and 81-year-old Mupala Motopela were dragged from their houses and stoned until they died, said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

When they were dead, they bodies were dragged back into their house and the house was set alight, destroying everything.

Lemaho's two-year-old toddler and 12-year-old child managed to run away and were not hurt.

Further details on what made locals accuse them of witchcraft were not immediately available.

"The police management in the province condemned the attack on the two women and stated that no stone will be left unturned to arrest those responsible for the murders."

Comments
  • Derek Gerber - 2011-03-22 18:27

    These are the same people entrusted to bring out a sensible vote. Go on and read Rian Malan's "My Traitor's Heart" and it will all start to make sense. No sensible debate, logic or reason prevails when superstitions, beliefs and forefathers dictate the actions of man. For all practical purposes we are still in the middle ages when it comes to a very large proportion of our population, hence the reason why facts and figures makes no impression on the voter base of the ANC.

      dhw1 - 2011-03-22 18:52

      And these are the very people that the ANC manipulate without shame with promises of heaven if they vote for them.

      isabeljones101 - 2011-03-22 21:22

      Try the Dark Ages Derek ... in fact the Stone Age is more apt - no pun intended, as I strongly condemn this heinous act of violence against two women who could not possibly be anything other than mothers, wives and daughters. There are now two more orphans to add to the financial burden of the taxpayer. Until the evolutionary development of this species reaches human level, i.e., the ability to feel love, empathy, guilt, remorse, etc., we are in for more of this type of cruel, heartless and sub-human behaviour.

  • Jonas_Barbar - 2011-03-22 18:27

    Oh god! What medievil bullsh!T is this?

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-22 18:27

    Ubuntu at its best. Poor kids.

  • bashphil - 2011-03-22 18:29

    And these are the same citizens who have "mature religious views" and would see Zuma's statement that voting for the ANC would get you into heaven, as a metaphor! What do you say now Mr President?

  • StormerChick - 2011-03-22 18:36

    And these educated "people" are allowed to vote...

  • peace and love - 2011-03-22 18:38

    No stone left unturned? ouch- not really the best metaphore...

  • jouplesier - 2011-03-22 18:41

    "Cynthia Lemaho, 26..." "Lemaho's ...12-year-old child managed...."

  • gizzy - 2011-03-22 18:47

    An 82 year old woman? I mean what sub species do we have roaming this country??????

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-22 18:48

    E D U C A T I O N.

      Nick4me - 2011-03-22 19:43

      Agree with you Maseratifitt, more education

      Grazy - 2011-03-22 21:45

      They have burned the schools and the books. The rest is on strike. So there is no hope there....sorry.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-03-23 08:53

      What scares me is the total lack of empathy , that is not taught .

      Rainer - 2011-03-28 16:41

      What do you do if you are NOT EDUCATABLE? I mean really, you need brains.

  • Mike - 2011-03-22 19:09

    when will my beloved country come to its sences. Who now looks after those kids arethey too not condemed?

  • ginny.stone - 2011-03-22 19:26

    words fail me...

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-22 19:38

    I am a meticulous person. I leave no turn unstoned.

      Grazy - 2011-03-22 21:43

      Eish BigMoose, you are not allowed to drink and drive, and that in a turn....

  • Benzo - 2011-03-22 19:39

    This is where our different cultures do not easily mix.

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-22 20:03

      Never mind cultures? These people aren't even fit to mix with animals? Its sometimes hard to believe we live in the 21st century??

      Lee - 2011-03-22 21:00

      Benzo, do you really think this is a culture issue? What about believes and religion? Main reason people were stoned/killed in history. Look at this: www.atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/christian/blchron_xian_witches.htm

      Grazy - 2011-03-22 21:38

      @Lee I grew up on a farm and what happened here is no surprise for me. I just feel sorry for you people that have NO idea who we live with in this country, or who the majority is in this country. OK, some of the black people whent way bejond this kind of thing for sure and for those I have the utmost respect, but it does not pay to go around denying reality. We whites where there some hungredsa of years ago, but we did go past that long ago. Remember that, and some other things that we went past thousants of years ago. Now, try and think how long it will take this lot to get past this witchcraft thing. For sure not in the near future.

  • Viparo - 2011-03-22 19:58

    Hey! you stupid sub-human creatures! Listen up, you live in a country where there are cars,roads,aircraft,electricity and much much more. There is no room for your middle age mentality. Get out.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-22 21:37

    Ive just read this story on UK Mail online. The article explains that the younger woman was a hard worker and successful which led the lazy scum to spread rumours that she was a witch. For that reason her and her mother were killed. n When is this envy and entitlement going to stop in this country. And I blame politicians for this. It's time they got their sub human scum under control.

  • Skyler - 2011-03-22 21:47

    "No stone unturned..." Thats kinda funny..

  • King-I.R.I - 2011-03-22 22:03

    Ahoy my kinsmen I can call myself an educated person, because I am black and I went to school in Bavaria in Germany. Originally I come from Limpopo and still have relatives in Matoks and in Venda. I am not superstitious at all and I do not believe in Witchcraft, but in a thing called silent murder. For example my brother, who was an epileptic, died without explainable reason. My sister and my aunt, who "cared" for him told me, when I asked them how he died, that his sickness killed him, but community members told me otherwise. They said, he was murdered because he wasn't willing to share his disabled-pension with my aunt and sister the way they wanted it and they told me that my aunt is a "Witchcraft". They even described how witches behave and what they do. And it was true...my aunt and my sister exactly behaved in this way. Some community members advised me to burn my aunt and destroy her hut. I did not follow that advise, but tried to get my sister to tell me the truth. Instead of telling anything my sister and my aunt assaulted me and tried to hit me with a big big stick on my head to "witch" me. They didn't succeeded because of my Dreadlocks. What i want to say is, that there are people with certain knowledges about herbs, weeds and roots that can heal, kill or just relax you. If a person uses that knowledge to harm other people, it is an evil action only one does who got a bad heart. In rural areas are lots of illiterates because nobody really cares for this places.

      gizzy - 2011-03-22 22:32

      Sorry pal but that is all too medievil for me to take in!!!!! I thought those things died in the 13th century. Eish!

      AJ - 2011-03-23 05:17

      @King-I.R.I The fact that 'community members' (aka 'morons') are openly prepared to advise you that the best course of action for dealing with a member of your family who 'acted up a bit' is to burn her alive and destroy the house, speaks volumes.

      Alfred - 2011-03-23 07:26

      @King.I.R.I First you state that you are not superstitious and do not believe in witchcraft but that you do believe in "silent murder". Silent murder, witchcraft, what's the difference, both lack scientific established cause which means they are magic based. About your brother; its a fact that people do die from epileptic fits. "They even described how witches behave and what they do. And it was true...my aunt and my sister exactly behaved in this way. " Sorry but this statement implies that you do believe in witchcraft and are indeed superstitious.

      modefan - 2011-03-23 07:45

      He's a Rasta! They are all fcked up by nature! Go read up on what Rastas believe in you'll see what I mean

      Grazy - 2011-03-23 12:12

      @King. As I said in another comment here, I'm not at all ignorant to this situation as I myself had grew up with blacks around me. We had an old Sangoma living on the farm, but a real gentle, proud old lady. In fact we talked a lot and as a Christian we had some nice arguments. :-) Fact stays that witchcraft is 90% mind games in the sense that you allow yourself to be brainwashed till you totaly believe the truth of it. The other 10% I'll rather just keep in mind and say nothing about till an explanation can be found. :-) The use of herbs and stuff are logical because of the mind altering or halusinatory affects they can have. Just a tool to inforce the mind manupilation. So, the picture you paint make total sense to me.

  • Hannes - 2011-03-23 00:18

    "no stone will be left unturned" These police officers obviously had a sick sense of humor or they where just to stupid to miss the pun. Anyway sad that the mentality of our population still accepts this mid evil practice.

  • AJ - 2011-03-23 05:12

    2011 anyone?

  • paulf - 2011-03-23 06:03

    Still living in the Dark Ages and these are the people that vote ANC, no wonder backward and uneducated 3rd world.

      CTS - 2011-03-23 07:44

      Now you know why they have to keep on lowering the standards. Again and again.

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-03-23 08:27

    This is a compelling example of why our education system in this country needs to be fixed urgently so that ALL can benefit from a decent education, particularly in rural communities where superstition is rife. As heinous as this crime is, please don't refer to uneducated black people as being sub-human or scum because that is perpetuating the damage done by the apartheid regime.

      VuyosWors - 2011-03-23 08:55

      Educate them all you want. There is a huge difference between educated and intelligent. They will always be backward.

  • Bman_01 - 2011-03-23 08:56

    The Venda people are very superstitious and they dont take kak I have seen a person dragged out of a shop for stealling and get beaten up. I know of farmers that have threatened farm workers with sangoma for missing tools and all the tools are returned over night.

  • BilboBaggins - 2011-03-23 09:51

    What the first world must think of us is embarrassing. We live in the 21st century but somehow Africa manages to cling fiercely to its superstition and savage behaviour. Vicious murderers who probably got a kick out of hearing the suffering and agony of these women and no doubt stole everything out of the house before burning it down. Dear God!

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