Couple in court for trying to sacrifice toddler in ring of fire

2015-10-30 10:35


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Mbombela - The case against an Mpumalanga couple accused of making a ring of fire to sacrifice their 3-year-old son in the hope of getting rich, has been postponed to allow them to apply for bail.

The couple, Cedric Mkhonto, 29, and Nelly Jawuki, 25, from Khutsong near Matsulu outside Mbombela, were not asked to plead to attempted murder charges when they appeared in the Matsulu Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

They were remanded in custody until November 4, where they will apply for bail.

The two are accused of injuring their son in a fire in January this year. They were only arrested at a hideout in Tonga on October 16.

According to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the two are sangomas who believed that sacrificing their son in a fire would enrich them.

"They allegedly made a ring of fire at around 21:00 and tied the baby to a plank using ropes. They placed him on top of the fire to sacrifice him and were sitting around the fire naked. A neighbour heard the baby crying and called for help in the community," Mohlala said outside court.

Mohlala said the neighbours rescued the boy from the fire and called police.

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