Lured to death at hands of 'healers'

2009-06-18 00:00

A WOMAN and her mother have been arrested after they allegedly lured a woman to her death with the promise that traditional healers would help her.

The jealous love triangle has left the mother and daughter facing charges of kidnapping and murder, and two others being sought.

Banothile Dlamini (36) of Dalton was drowned, allegedly by an acquaintance who was also her love rival. Police divers yesterday pulled her body out of Henley Dam in Vulindlela.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Dlamini was lured to her death by an acquaintance and her mother.

They picked her up at a food chain store and drove with her to the Sinathing area on the pretext that they were taking her to see a traditional healer.

At a house in Sinathing, they picked up two men posing as the traditional healers.

All five drove to Henley Dam where the purported healing was to take place.

At the dam, Dlamini was told to lie on the ground.

The “traditional healers” ripped off her jersey and tied it across her mouth, to prevent her from screaming.

Budhram said Dlamini’s hands and feet were bound with cable ties and the two men was forced into the dam and kept under water until she drowned.

He said that although Dlamini was reported missing almost two weeks ago, they received information only on Tuesday that the acquaintance and her mother had hired two men to kill her.

Dalton police went to Henley Dam and found Dlamini’s body.

Budhram confirmed that the acquaintance, aged 25 and her mother aged 48, have since been arrested and are in custody.

They are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

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