33 questioned after Mpumalanga arson attack

2013-11-25 14:46

Johannesburg - Thirty-three people have been taken in for questioning after an elderly woman's house was burnt down in Waterval, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

A group of residents had accused the woman, who was in her 60s, of bewitching the bus driver in the Moloto Road accident, police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said.

Earlier this month, 29 people died when a truck drove into the back of a tipper truck, before colliding with a Putco bus and a bakkie near Kwaggafontein.

Another person died later in hospital.

Twenty-two others were injured.

"People went on a rampage [on Sunday]. We got the information [that she was being attacked]... they were throwing stones at us but we managed to rescue her," he said.

After police had taken the woman away the group burnt down her house.

Hlathi said police would decide in the course of the day how many of the 33 would be charged with arson.

  • Desilusionada - 2013-11-25 15:12

    And then MarkH gets chastised because he is p1ssed off with superstitions and primitive practices?....

  • Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2013-11-25 15:16

    Faith in humanity = LOST! Hang all 33 of these imbecile morons. This country would do so much better if that kind of backward mentality was erased from the gene pool!

      Evert Klopper - 2013-11-25 15:31

      The problem is: how do you erase 50 000 000?

  • Phae Rayden - 2013-11-25 15:22

    Its almost inconceivable that people can be this backward! I doubt one of them have ever read a book. This is also a reflection of how seriously lacking our schooling system is in not teaching people to be able to use reason and logic. If you believe in witchcraft you should not be allowed to vote. Friggin violent Dumb@sses.

  • Carling Blacklabel - 2013-11-25 15:24

    as serious as this is, i find it amusing how people still believe in witchcraft and mooti and ancestors etc. yet, then why dont they use these "powers" to better their lives?

  • Ken Amery - 2013-11-25 15:26


  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-11-25 15:32

    And they call themselves followers of God, but believe in witchcraft. No wonder they get punished so much. From government to the hobo, they never learnt to take responsibility for their actions.

      Phae Rayden - 2013-11-25 16:22

      Hahaha one fictitious belief accusing another! Wake up, God is no more real than witchcraft.

      Paljas Paljassie - 2013-11-25 16:26


      Piet Pompies - 2013-11-25 21:35

      .. Education...!

  • Kedibone Madikologa - 2013-11-25 15:35

    Really now? Eish some people cannot think beyond their ears. These superstitious beliefs!They are still living in the dark ages.

  • Laeticia Visser - 2013-11-25 15:35

    3rd world savages...

  • Gregwill Ruiter - 2013-11-25 15:43

    Wtf!!! Will you only charge the perpetrators with arson what about attempting murder

  • damonleff - 2013-11-25 15:43

    SAPRA condemns accusations of witchcraft! During the 16 days of activism, rise up and condemn these senseless crimes!

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-11-25 16:45

    I hear moloto is notorious with accidents, but really do they have proof that she bewitched the driver or is just suspicions? bad people without brains under their skulls, just water, gaaa.. sick.

  • ronnie.tladi - 2013-11-25 17:07

    @ Leornardb1, grow up and don't generalize, you twit!!!!

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-11-25 17:32

    Primitive and living in the wrong era.

  • Piet Pompies - 2013-11-25 21:37

    ... The last witch burnt in Europe was about 500 years ago,... Yeah that's about right,,!

  • Christopher Blackwell - 2013-12-11 19:22

    Each of the people involved in the arson attack and attack on the women should be tried convicted and sent to prison. It is the only way to stop these insane crimes.

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