Woman taken for a ‘witch’

2018-05-31 06:01
Zukiswa Makinana, a mother of three, says her life was placed in danger when residents likened her to a woman who was whipped with a sjambok for allegedly being a witch. The incident was caught on camera. PHOTOs: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Zukiswa Makinana, a mother of three, says her life was placed in danger when residents likened her to a woman who was whipped with a sjambok for allegedly being a witch. The incident was caught on camera. PHOTOs: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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A video of two naked women, supposedly witches, being whipped with a sjambok has placed the life of a Zola woman in danger.

Zukiswa Makinana (37), a mother of three, related her story on how she had been stared at by residents in the community on Saturday.

They apparently believed one of the women being whipped in the video was her.

But Makinana was not aware of the video at the time.

On her way to a local shop, Makinana noticed how “cold” some people were towards her when she greeted them, and others stared “as if they had seen a ghost walk past” them.

Since she learnt of the video, she has struggled to come to terms with the incident, to the point where she can’t eat.

The mother has even contemplated suicide while agonising over the things others may be thinking of her.

Makinana says her eldest child has not attended school since the ordeal began.

In the video, which is in City Visioon’s possession, a man continuously beats the two women, who are in visible agony. Onlookers are heard screaming “betha!” (whip her!), while others can be heard shouting “you are the reason we are no longer working, because you’re keeping our copies [of our CVs].”

“This video has really hurt me. Now, my community sees me as a witch,” Makinana says.

“While walking in the street, I had to take my clothes off to show people I had no bruises. Others are even saying I’m in hospital. These are all lies.”

Makinana, who hails from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape, says there’s no way she would have recovered so quickly; the women in the video were bruised all over their bodies.

“Ever since I learnt about this video and what people have been saying about me, I have hardly eaten,” she says.

“My son has stopped going to school, as he is also worried about what may happen to me. I was amazed that people, whom I thought knew me well, believed I am one of the women in the video.

“The woman in the video has shorter hair and a sharp nose, which is the opposite of me. She has a mark on the right side of the face while I have none. To this day, my body would been bruised it if that had been me in the video.”

It is believed the incident of the women being whipped occurred in Grabouw last week.

Lt Colonel Xolani Williams, Lwandle police station commander, urges the community to refrain from posting information on social media without having proper facts. He said posting information that defames another person’s character may lead to perpetrators being charged with crimen injuria.

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