‘Witchcraft’ raid: Woman burnt alive

2011-12-07 00:00

A WOMAN was burnt to death in Gomora informal settlement in Edendale on Friday, allegedly for practising witchcraft.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said yesterday that Grace Hadebe (57) was at her house with her two grandchildren, aged four and six, when unknown people jammed the front door of the house, doused it with flammable liquid and set it alight.

Jeevan said fire-fighters were putting out the flames when the police arrived.

Her grandchildren escaped through the window, but suffered burns and were taken to hospital.

A neighbour called the police, who found Hadebe’s body inside the house with multiple burn wounds.

No arrests have been made, but police are investigating a case of murder and two cases of attempted murder.

Area councillor Dumisani Phungula said he heard about the incident, but had no details as to why or how the incident happened. — WR.

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