Pair in court for kidnapping, murdering boy, 5

2015-01-10 14:06

A man and a youth have appeared in court in connection with the kidnap and murder of a 5-year-old boy whose decomposed body was found with his private parts missing, North West police say.

Group of 10 wanted for killing Eastern Cape family

2014-07-28 11:43

Eastern Cape police say they are searching for a group of 10 people who allegedly killed three family members and burnt their homestead.

Boys, 16, due in court for girls' murders

2014-02-21 07:16

Two teenage boys who were arrested in connection with the murder of two Soweto schoolgirls are expected to appear in court, police say.

Pair jailed for life for muti killing

2013-08-15 08:07

Two men have been jailed for life for murder, after a traditional healer alerted police when they tried to sell the healer human body parts, Limpopo police say.

Ritual murder suspect linked to other cases

2013-04-11 11:20

A man accused of mutilating his girlfriend and waving her severed arm around in a shop has been linked to several cases of rape and robbery, Limpopo police say.

Girl, 15, in court for killing pupil

2013-03-05 11:53

A 15-year-old girl is due back in court after being arrested for allegedly stabbing a fellow pupil to death while walking home from school.

Head stolen from fresh grave

2012-07-09 10:50

A traditional healer and a pastor's son have been arrested in connection with the theft of a head from a grave in Makwassie, North West.

Satanic ritual accused back in court

2012-05-14 11:13

Three men and a minor accused of killing a teenager in an apparent satanic ritual are expected back in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Satanic killing trial set down for May

2012-04-13 12:10

The trial of three men and a minor accused of killing teenager Kirsty Theologo in an apparent satanic ritual has been set down for 14 May in the South Gauteng High Court.

SA may get first Catholic saint

2012-03-12 08:50

The Catholic Church will soon consider whether a South African man killed over 20 years ago should be proclaimed blessed - the first step towards sainthood.

Satanic ritual victim's mom sees accused

2012-02-21 12:17

The mother of the schoolgirl who died after being set alight has attended court proceedings for the first time, where the case was postponed till March.

Satanic ritual case postponed

2012-01-17 13:44

Six youths accused of setting two girls alight in an alleged satanic ritual, after which one of them died, will appear in court again on February 2.

Life sentence for muti killer

2011-11-28 16:31

Relatives of murdered schoolgirl Masego Kgomo cheered when muti killer Brian Mangwale was sentenced to life imprisonment for her gruesome murder.

Mom of Welkom murder victim 'robbed'

2011-11-23 16:33

The mother of Welkom murder victim Michael van Eck has told a Free State court that her children and grandchildren had been stolen from her.

Satanic ritual case on hold till January

2011-11-23 14:19

The trial of six youths accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual has been postponed until January 17 for further investigation.

Occult killer shows no remorse

2011-11-21 22:28

Convicted occult killer Charne van Heerden showed no remorse while re-telling how she helped kill and butcher a young man, a Free State court has heard.

More Satanic ritual accused denied bail

2011-11-21 18:36

Two more men accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected Satanic ritual have been denied bail.

'Satanic ritual' bail bid postponed

2011-11-18 13:38

A bail application by two of the five men accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual, has been postponed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

'Satanic ritual' bail bid denied

2011-11-17 14:02

Bail applications by two of the five youths accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual have been denied.

Bail in Satanic case will 'cause outcry'

2011-11-16 20:33

The investigating officer in the suspected Satanic ritual case has urged the court not to grant two of the five accused bail due to an expected public outcry.

'Satanic ritual' case postponed

2011-11-01 15:20

The trial of five young men accused of setting alight two young girls in a suspected satanic ritual has been postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Girl burnt in apparent satanic ritual

2011-10-24 07:39

A Johannesburg teenager is reportedly in a coma after she and a friend were doused with petrol and set alight in a suspected satanic ritual.

Muti killer set to be sentenced

2011-10-04 08:37

Brian Mangwale, who was found guilty of murdering a 10-year-old girl and harvesting her body parts while she was still alive, is to be sentenced in the North Gauteng High Court.

Witchcraft: 3 shot, hacked to death

2011-08-12 13:39

An elderly woman and her two children have been killed by a group of men who suspected them of witchcraft, Eastern Cape police say.

Bishop kills girl to increase church flock

2011-06-13 22:46

A church bishop, his wife and two others have appeared in court for mutilating a 9-year-old girl for muti to increase the dwindling membership of their church.


4 held over Tanzania albino girl kidnapping

2014-12-31 20:21

Police in Tanzania say they have arrested four people over the kidnapping of an albino girl in the north of the country, where many are killed and their body parts sold as lucky charms.

Mom testifies in muti murder trial

2014-02-26 07:44

A mother has testified that she left her 6-year-old daughter in the care of a woman who was later charged with the child's muti murder.

Theologo killers 'planned to sell their souls'

2013-10-10 13:55

The alleged mastermind in the murder of teenager Kirsty Theologo has testified that he and four others had prepared to sell their souls on the day they set her alight in a satanic ritual.

Satanic ritual case postponed again

2013-04-15 13:31

The trial of three men and a minor accused of killing a teenage girl in an alleged satanic ritual last year has been postponed for two days by the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

Girl's attackers 'drank her blood'

2013-03-06 08:23

The family of a murdered West Rand schoolgirl have told of their horror at hearing that her killers had drunk blood from her body after stabbing her.

Arrests after Tanzania albino attack

2013-02-16 22:12

Tanzanian police have arrested five men in connection to a brutal attack on an albino woman whose arm was hacked off earlier this week, presumably to sell the limb for use in witchcraft.

Satanic ritual trial postponed

2012-05-14 14:23

The trial of three men and a minor accused of killing a teenager in an apparent satanic ritual has been postponed in the South Gauteng High Court.

Man accused of witchcraft burnt to death

2012-04-13 18:00

A 79-year-old man accused of practising witchcraft has burnt to death and his sister is seriously injured after their house in Giyani was torched, Limpopo, police say.

8 arrested for torching houses

2012-03-19 11:34

Eight people have been arrested for allegedly torching four houses after a traditional healer told them their occupants had killed one of their relatives, Gauteng police say.

Head in freezer: Suspect 'used muti'

2012-03-06 12:00

A man charged with the murder of a youth whose frozen head was found in a freezer practised muti regularly in order to make his business prosper, his former girlfriend has testified.

Plea bargain wanted in satanic ritual case

2012-02-02 20:15

Two of the six youths accused of setting two girls alight in an alleged Satanic ritual want to enter into a plea bargain with the State.

Mob kills couple accused of witchcraft

2012-01-12 08:47

An elderly couple accused of practising witchcraft and of killing their granddaughter have been burnt to death by an angry mob, KwaZulu-Natal police say.

Exorcism killing: 6 granted bail

2011-11-24 11:24

The six people accused of killing a child during a violent exorcism have been granted bail, Eastern Cape police say.

Pregnant woman killed: 3 seek bail

2011-11-23 15:30

Three people accused of luring a pregnant woman from Lesotho and murdering her on instruction from a traditional healer, are to apply for bail in Ficksburg, Free State police say.

Skinning murder unique, expert testifies

2011-11-22 22:35

Welkom murderer Chane van Heerden's action of skinning her victim's face was a rare criminal act, an forensic expert has told a Free State court.

Satanic ritual accused a flight risk - judge

2011-11-21 21:13

A magistrate has found that one of the men accused in a suspected satanic ritual is a flight risk, despite being a recognised refugee and suffering from a genetic blood disorder.

Welkom woman guilty of occult murder

2011-11-21 14:03

A 20-year-old Free State woman has been found guilty of murdering and dismembering a man in a graveyard.

Satanic ritual was 'pre-planned'

2011-11-17 22:36

The youths accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual took a knife, candles and a Bible on the night to the koppie, suggesting the attack was pre-planned, the court has heard.

Satanic ritual accused quoted Revelations

2011-11-16 22:40

A man accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected Satanic ritual had quoted Revelations at the hospital, referring to the beast and bringing a prostitute to ruin, burning her with fire, a woman has testified.

Two seek bail in 'satanic ritual' trial

2011-11-16 17:20

Two of five youths accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual have applied for bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Teen burnt in 'satanic ritual' dies

2011-10-28 09:03

A Johannesburg teenager who was doused in petrol and set alight in a suspected satanic ritual in Linmeyer, has died, police say.

Muti killer gets time before sentencing

2011-10-04 19:30

Sentencing of a man convicted of murdering a child for muti has been postponed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in order for a pre-sentencing report to be compiled.

Facebook pic stolen for dodgy ad

2011-09-12 09:49

A Durban woman is furious after a traditional healer apparently stole a photograph of her from Facebook to use in an advert describing how she supposedly got her unfaithful husband back.

Witness watched girl's mutilation - claim

2011-07-21 23:04

A witness has told court in Pretoria that he watched as schoolgirl Masego Kgomo was cut open because he wanted to see what was inside a woman's body.

Monkey 'burnt to death' by community

2011-05-30 10:02

A vervet monkey has reportedly been pelted with stones and burnt to death in Kagiso after residents believed it was linked to witchcraft.

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