Grandkids hear man being hacked to death

2012-09-12 08:17

Durban - Two children heard how their grandfather was hacked to death and heard him ask his attacker why he was being killed.

The Daily News reported that Mnikezwa Mthembu, 82, was assaulted and slashed with a bush knife, allegedly for practicing witchcraft, in a village near Durban.

His two grandchildren, who were asleep in another room, were woken up by a knock on the door and heard their grandfather being attacked.

According to their father, Meyi Mthembu, the children used the light from their cellphones to look for their grandfather and called a neighbour for help.

Mthembu said the children could not see the attacker but repeated their grandfather’s query as to why he was being attacked.

“His response was that my father was bewitching his family.”  

“[The grandchildren] put him on a blanket and carried him back to the house, where he died soon after. When the news reached us, we were in shock at who would want to kill such an old man so brutally.”

  • christopher.shining - 2012-09-12 08:24

    Sangoma/witch doctor? if so quite upbeat news for this morning...keep it going...But the idiot who killed this man is also an idiot to believe in crap like this...when are they going to learn??

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-12 09:21

      Until this government realizes the importance of education these events will never stop. Unfortunately education lacks from the top down. I dread/fear the day when the likes of Malema succeed the present so called leaders. I fear we haven't seen anything yet - 2012-09-12 09:23

      Thats right keep on removing my comments, you obviously live with you heads in the sand - you guys must get real, is it politically incorrect to call these things what they are, savage human trash that has no place in modern society??? Should we start respecting the rights of trash who brutally kills defenseless people for the sake of "others" feelings!? **sigh**

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-12 08:28

    It just doesn't end...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-12 08:33

    people are so dumb omg.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-12 08:37

    Like I said before one has more chance of getting murdered in this country than dying in a car accident. A life is worth nothing, if you don't like what someone is doing you just have him/her murdered simple at that.

  • SharonE - 2012-09-12 08:38

    The insanity continues, where will it stop?

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-12 08:43

    What an awful tradegy and how terrible for the children! How can people living in 2012 believe in witchcraft as a means to an end. It shows you the mentality of a lot of people in this country. Until these people move into the 21st century, things like this will continue.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-12 08:49

    So so sad that this kinda of belief still exists - we're in 2012, not 1805. And so sad that these kids had to hear this. On another note... Malema is bewitching the miners and their families. And Zuma is bewitching Malema and Floyd.....go get em boys!

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      larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-12 09:11

      Odd, they removed my comment because I called them Savages?

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-12 09:14

    Savages. I cant belive that there are still people who believe in witchcraft.. this is 2012 not 1392 for crying out loud.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-12 09:17

      I agree. Same as I can't believe how people still believe in a deity in 2012.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-12 18:48

      Let's not forget that good christian folk were burning witches not so long ago... and of course, we still see images of Jesus in Marie Biscuits...

  • surita.coetzer - 2012-09-12 09:15

    A life mean nothing in this land they dont care if you white or black. They rape, murder, steal, corruption you name it it a one going thing. Everybody life in fear everyday.Everything this cruel criminal bastard touch is one big rubbish. And nothing is done to keep the people of SA safe and the ANCYL is not helping. Only to destroy this land and break the economy and bring all to a still stand. The sooner people realise Malema feel nothing he only do this for his own gain. Nothing else !!!!

  • drexel.drexel.7 - 2012-09-12 09:17

    Savages, all of them f*cking savages

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-09-12 23:28

    Rest in Peace Madala, I pray for your family.. So, So Senseless

  • jeremy002 - 2012-09-28 05:08

    The answer to their question (why are you killing me/him?) lies with the sangoma who put them up to it. The sangoma is an culpable. I hope the police have the guts to do the necessary.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-28 07:01

    There's a greater sickness in this country than we can imagine. And it's not the ANC or apartheid's fault

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