Ongoing protest over Limpopo murder

2013-08-13 07:25

Polokwane - Residents of two villages near Thohoyandou have been protesting for two weeks over a murder in the area, Limpopo police said.

The protest was in response to a woman being killed in July, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Twelve people had been arrested in Tshisahulu and four in Matangari since the protests began.

Residents blockaded roads, burnt tyres and threw stones at cars, apparently because police had not yet made an arrest for the killing.

Ritual killing claims

Police had found no evidence to support residents' theory that it was a ritual killing. Mulaudzi said police had met with them to explain this.

"The [woman] was stabbed several times... Some people claimed it is a ritual killing," he said.

Police even released certain details from the post mortem report, including the fact that no body parts were missing, in an attempt to convince them that the woman was not killed for muti.

Two independent sources had also verified that there was no evidence to indicate this.

"We don't know the cause of this thing, but we are aware there are some people who might be fuelling this [speculation]," Mulaudzi said.

There was concern that the protesters' actions, such as blocking of roads, could threaten the services of the nearby Tshilidzini Hospital. More police officers had been deployed around the facility.

Mulaudzi said youngsters, including schoolchildren, were taking part in the protests.

"There are also criminal elements taking advantage of the situation," he said.

  • Joey Wa Rabapane - 2013-08-13 07:53

    Away with murder

      Jurie Nel - 2013-08-13 08:14

      ... and with witchcraft.

  • Freddy Masia - 2013-08-13 08:39

    Very disturbing news indeed in my home province,GOD protect my family that i love dearly against these killers.

  • Nemukumbini Shonza - 2013-08-13 08:44

    Hope it won't end up in killings, My father is working at Tshilidzi Hospital, something might happen, God protect all those who are invloved. Amen

      Tshimangadzo Florence - 2013-08-13 08:58

      no wonder why people from Venda have money or rich its Blood money. time will come for you killers

      Mario Maro - 2013-08-13 09:30

      @tshimangadzo.unless if ur name is fake cos ur insultin ur own venda ppl.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-13 09:44

    Youngsters, including school children were taking part?. They teach them young these days.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-08-13 09:46

    but there was no body parts missing, so how can it be muti killing? maybe it was just a normal killing since killing in mzansi is normal.

  • Khuliso Des Munzhelele - 2013-08-14 08:39

    So police are not expecting people to participate in strike because it was not a ritual killing,that's not providing service,because it's murder we shouldn't worry i wonder what are they paid for

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