Boy’s horror murder

2013-10-01 00:00

THE community of Ntabamhlophe (White Mountain) near Estcourt is up in arms, calling for MEC Willies Mchunu to intervene following a spate of “muthi murders” in their area.

The final straw was when Thabiso S’qiniseko Dlomo (11) was kidnapped about two weeks ago and later found dead in an isolated gorge.

According to his mother, Bongekile Mchunu (42), she last saw her son alive on September 18. “He left home to visit a local church which he was going to help clean,” she said.

Mchunu, a teacher, looked for her son, but when she couldn’t find him, she informed the police that he was missing.

“My son was found late on Sunday [September 22] and his neck had been twisted and his head had open wounds from being butchered,” she said.

Mchunu said her son’s genitals were removed. “I still have flashes of this picture of him lying there dead and I ask myself what did my son do to deserve such pain,” she said.

Mchunu called on the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to intervene because this was not the first incident where people had gone missing, only to be found murdered in the area.

“My son was not the first one to be found dead in that gorge, but his case was the worst because he had been mutilated, which makes me suspect that his killing was muthi-related,” she said.

Mchunu said she still has nightmares when she thinks of what happened to her Thabiso. She said she needed counselling because she struggled to come to terms with her loss.

Thabiso was a Grade 6 pupil at Forderville Primary School.

She described him as a “bright young boy who was full of life” and a soccer fanatic.

Mchunu was told that her son was kidnapped by four men who drove a green Toyota Venture.

Local ward councillor Sphamandla Nhlabathi said they had the challenge of dealing with criminals who killed people in that area in broad daylight.

“We hope that external police can intervene because we think there is organised crime in the area targeting vulnerable groups for the use of muthi,” said the councillor.

He said several people had been killed in the area.

Provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer Solomon Mbele said a case of murder is being investigated by Ntabamhlophe police.

“No arrests have been made,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Healers’ chairperson Sazi Mhlongo said muthi murders were motivated by witchcraft and had nothing to do with healing.

“It is a pity that we now live in a constitutionally democratic country because during the time of King Shaka wizards were killed for practising witchcraft,” he said.

Mhlongo said no body parts of human beings were used to heal people, but were used purely for witchcraft. He reiterated that traditional healers were totally against the killing of people for body parts.

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