Mob murder: eyewitnesses tell police all

2010-12-03 00:00

POLICE spent yesterday collecting evidence on the gruesome mob murder of a woman and her husband in Pietermaritzburg.

Trainee traditional healer Tholakele Shoba (54) and her husband Shezi were burnt to death in Snathing outside Edendale on Wednesday afternoon after they were accused by a sangoma of abducting an 11-year-old boy for witchcraft purposes.

The Witness learnt that police interviewed a large number of local residents who were present during the murder.

The couple were assaulted and set alight while they were still alive. Their deaths left their 10-year-old adopted son without anyone to take care of him.

A large group of community members killed the couple after the sangoma — known only as Ngcobo — from the nearby Pata area performed

illegal act of “sniffing out witches”) and allegedly told them that Shoba had abducted Mthokozisi Mpaza (11) for witchcraft purposes.

Mthokozisi’s partly decomposed body was discovered at a local stream with missing limbs afterhe had gone missing for six days. He was buried on Sunday,

Shoba’s elder brother, Gugu Shoba (55), said he accompanied police as they collected statements in Snathing yesterday morning.

“Police said they will only make arrests when they have concrete evidence.

sangoma had told people about my sister,” said Shoba.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan confirmed that police were in Snathing to take statements.

“At this stage no arrests have been made,” she said.

Meanwhile, experts in traditional healing have criticised Ngcobo for inciting violence.

umhlahlo is based on guesswork rather than facts.

He criticised community members for having taken what Ngcobo had told them as the truth.

sangoma had told them to the police for investigation.

umhlahlo leads to people committing serious murders, I don’t know what to think of it,” said Nceba.

umhlahlo for a group of eight people from Snathing on Wednesday morning.

umhlahlo for them,” said Ngcobo.

Sazi Mhlongo, president of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Practitioners’ Council, a traditional healers’ group, has called for Ngcobo’s arrest.

izangoma to identify people as witches because of hatred,” Mhlongo said.


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