14 in court for witchcraft killing

2012-01-13 14:21

Durban - Fourteen people will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing an elderly couple, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

"Fourteen suspects will appear in court on Monday," Captain Thulani Zwane said.

A mob set alight and killed an elderly couple living in Lindelani, near Ntuzuma on Wednesday morning, after accusing them of practising witchcraft.

The 14 people, aged between 18 and 40, were arrested in Lindelani on Thursday.

Police found Elsa Dubazane, 60, dead in her bedroom and her husband Rafael Dubazane, 66, dead on the road after the attack.

The Mercury reported that the couple was attacked and assaulted last Friday by a mob which accused them of killing their 16-year-old granddaughter and burying her in their yard.

"Their granddaughter died at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital on January 4. She had overdosed on some pills because she was having family problems," Zwane said.

He said police were waiting for the results of a post-mortem as there were allegations that Zakude Shozi had been beaten by either her grandmother or her father.

  • Mphotent - 2012-01-13 14:47

    Yooh! will the court have competence to understanding occult and lucifarian operation. I wonder what statutes we have to purpot such

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-13 15:23

      Superstition has no place in the justice system.

  • markus.botha - 2012-01-13 14:52

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. Being trailed in court for riding the world of hocus pocus. Only in Africa.

      plmatsau - 2012-01-13 15:57

      Only in Africa? clearly you have never hear of the Salem Witch Hunts and many more like them that took place in Europe.

      Kala - 2012-01-13 16:59

      plmatsau - The witch hunts and subsequent burning of witches at the stake was given up / outlawed decades ago in Europe. When is Africa going to catch up

  • Shirley - 2012-01-13 14:55

    Again the "cultural" beliefs involved in a sadistic crime! If its not "traditional" healers using body parts for muty,then it "witches" What are the community leaders doing to educate people and put a stop to this barbaric culture. ENOUGH people have lost their lives because of the backward,unfounded,sadistic beliefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-13 15:25

      Stupid is as stupid does. You cannot reconcile this barbarism with civilized life. If they behave like animals, they should be treated as such.

  • Andile Mahlangu - 2012-01-13 15:03

    What if the two elderly couples did infact terrorised de community ngomuthi? *black-people ya'll knw what im talkin abt*

      Kala - 2012-01-13 15:12

      @Andile - So "a what if" is reason enough to burn two alleged witches. What if you didn't comment here. Would we miss ya. Know what I mean?

      Shirley - 2012-01-13 15:17

      With what-their dentures????

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-01-13 15:04

    Round them up and burn them at the stake!

  • John Steyn - 2012-01-13 16:31

    Witches don't kill people, people kill people. Run liewe heksie run!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-13 16:35

    before we try to portray black people's beliefs as barbaric, can we remember that the reason the word 'witchcraft' exists in the english vocab is because white people practise it too?

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-13 16:38

    seems to me people here are very selective. Ever heard of the salem witch hunts? Was that in africa?

      Shirley - 2012-01-13 16:50

      Yes and what year was that? Havent heasrd lately of any white "wiches" being burnt a t the stake. Its called progress!

      Pixie86 - 2012-01-13 17:18

      same excuse white people use in every argument 'we did that back in the day'. Fact is you did it. Why is it okay when white people do things, but when black people do the same it's called barbaric?

      Shirley - 2012-01-13 18:00

      Not what I said. Witchcraft was rife a couple of hundred years ago but as people [note I said people-not described by colour] slowly began to realise that the hysteria and fear was not warrented! In the 21st centuary surely you cannot compare this behaviour to what happend in eg. the Salem which trials! So yes it is barbaric to murder someone on the belief that he/she is a witch!

  • Andriette - 2012-01-13 16:44

    Wow - nice to see we are still living in the Middle Ages. I don't understand how in the 21st century we still have people believing in this all over the world.

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