Still no arrest for baby's muti assault

2012-05-17 10:47

Durban - A man who allegedly mutilated a baby girl for muti has still not been arrested eight months after the assault, The Witness reported on Thursday.

The 9-month-old was allegedly sold for R300 to her attacker in Matatiele, in the Eastern Cape, in September last year. He sliced off parts of her face and two fingers from her left hand. He wrapped her in blankets and set her alight.

Another child heard her crying and called for help. She survived.

According to The Witness the toddler's mother had been admitted to the Santa Tuberculosis Hospital before the attack, and had left her daughter in the care of a relative.

The child's father was away at work. A relative allegedly sold her to her boyfriend, who mutilated the child.

Matatiele police spokesperson Raphael Motloung said a case of attempted murder was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

  • ScottSQ - 2012-05-17 10:54

    "A relative allegedly sold her to her boyfriend..." Who does these things? I can't begin to fathom it. Arrest these people, charge them, convict them, and get them off our streets.

      Grant - 2012-05-17 11:06

      Gotta ask yourself who's worse? a) The relative who sold the kid for R300, b) The man who mutilated the kid for muti, and then tried to burn her alive, or c) Our lovely government who cares SOOO much about it that 8 months later nothing has been done Diseased... all three!!

      Greg - 2012-05-17 12:37

      The nature of some individuals in this world amazes and saddens me... may both the relative and perpetrator pay dearly for what they did!!

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      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-17 12:46

      probably a 'friend of zoomer' bunch of effing nut jobs!

  • sjohnmokiditi - 2012-05-17 10:59

    some people are are inhumane how cane a relative do such. What is this world coming to.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-17 11:04

    I don't know about the rest of you, but we are sliding into a muck society I don't feel comfortable with. Where the hell is it to end?.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-17 11:04

    Who still believes in sh** like this. Any culture that supports this type of cr*p must be outlawed.

      Barefoot - 2012-05-17 11:41

      Which culture supports it?

      nokuthandwa - 2012-05-17 12:00

      nothing to do with culture, everything to do with mentality!

      Stille - 2012-05-17 12:04

      @barefoot - Black culture. No one else in this country uses Muthi. Sorta self explanatory.

  • Monica - 2012-05-17 11:09

    That's Easten Cape i'm nt suprised, police there are a disgrace. They don' t want to work.

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 11:19

    African culture at it's best. And to think these things have a right to vote.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-17 11:23

      Wow, what a bag of sunshine you are.

      Mpotsiseng - 2012-05-17 11:45

      Koos Koos Koos... I see your brain is still stuck under rock.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 12:05

      Who are shopping at muti shops?

      Princess - 2012-05-17 12:23

      By 'things' I do hope you're referring to monsters that hurt children of all races as opposed to African people in general, if not, then your belief system is just about as screwed up as our muti man in said article.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 12:31

      A spade is a spade. If it was intended for Africans in general I would have said so but if the shoe fits wear it.

      Pixi3kid - 2012-05-17 12:46

      No no no! its not "african culture" these are just sick people like satanists! There are people making muthi from all sorts of things that dont involve killing people or useing parts of humans. The ones that do are just sick - got nothing to do with race! The real sangoma's use plants and herbs that they grow themselves and i quote a sangoma who said this on tv... "the ones that uses human parts in their craft are not sangoma's... we heal we dont hurt".

      Pixi3kid - 2012-05-17 13:46

      wrong again! i just believe that not all people are bad no matter what their culture... and that we can learn alot from each other! and i am not ignorant about the bad in the world or the bad in our country, but to stereotype is not the answer! its like saying all men are pigs... some are and some are not!

      nokuthandwa - 2012-05-17 14:46

      Koos, you're an african too!

  • Fawzia - 2012-05-17 11:22

    arrest & eliminate to use but a euphemistic term, i am sick & tired, no need to even discuss the human rights issue for the sick, distorted , disgusting & festering soul of the murderer. may i know why is this murderer still lurking around? are the police dragging their feet or just incompetent? the police certainly cannot be sympathetic to the murderer!!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-17 11:22

    Not only is this savage still free, HE CAN VOTE!!!! The mind boggles!!!!!

      Clive - 2012-05-17 11:44

      That is why he is still free, can vote and assist members with muti while again we fail as a nation, this kind of thing and all the rapes are wrong yet happens daily. we need to teach our nation the moral viber of old to ensure our future or i am affraid we are doomed.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-17 12:06

      If i am not mistaken, i think all prisoners have the right to vote... Is the relative being charged?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 12:07

      Gerhard, They can kill, shag goats but please don't talk about voting because that is their right. As if they had voting right when they ran around in skins.

  • tjordan.rsa - 2012-05-17 11:27

    Cut off two of his fingers, mutilate him. I don't want to say it. But once again it seems like mob justice would just do better. The value that this person has assigned to a precious life, justifies him not deserving humane treatment.

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-17 11:45

    There is something seriousely wrong with African culture.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-05-17 12:05

      I could be wrong but I don't think it has anything to do with culture. For example, my mother taught me at a very young age to never ever say "I'm not succeeding in whatever I'm doing because someone is bewitching me". From there, I have grown up with the mentality that witchcraft and muti do not work.

      Frances - 2012-05-17 13:03

      It has to do with a lack of respect for human life and a very serious lack of intelligence...

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-05-17 11:47

    This is messed up.

  • jeslin.bekker - 2012-05-17 11:54

    Honestly I love news24 but these stories making news these days are making me paranoid. His roaming the streets where's a mob when you need one.

  • Jane-francis - 2012-05-17 11:57

    Bring back the death penalty.

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-05-17 11:59

    On a serious note, we are living in Hell! Is there anything that be done to take away this "muti/witchcraft/evil spirits" mentality?

      nokuthandwa - 2012-05-17 14:49

      Koos, I doubt I would expect things not to be different and still write a comment like "Is there anything that be done to take away this "muti/witchcraft/evil spirits" mentality?"

  • Carla - 2012-05-17 12:06

    I feel physically ill when I think about what this piece of filth did to an innocent baby. He does not deserve to live.

  • shalner.adonis - 2012-05-17 12:06

    Is there anyone who can please explain to me exactly how this belief system works. How is this culture acceptable and do they see 'results' of it working?

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-08 12:58

      mohau.moloto.5 You are correct in the "perversion" of cultures, but to be honest I dont think any level headed person would think of this as anything other than just sick! I dont think it is a cultural thing, perhaps this kind of witchcraft attracts some very mentally ill people, but there are people who do this kind of thing for pleasure, and I personally think they fit into the same catagory as this person.

  • Ezette - 2012-05-17 12:24

    I hope Hell has low ceilings. These people have no right to walk upright.

  • Billy - 2012-05-17 12:30

    Where is this poor little child now? I cannot believe this story!!! What happens to our children is disgusting to say the very least!!!!! Spokesperson Raphael Motloung - your response is the shocking shocking truth of how little is being done to bring justice to our children. A case of attempted murder??? Be more thorough!! What about child abuse? Kidnapping? Human trafficing? Go pick up this bastard and bring him to justice!!!!! He deserves life at the very least!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-05-17 12:40

    What is wrong with the SAPS that he has not been arrested yet ?

  • Eban - 2012-05-17 12:46

    For goodness sake and these kinda people are allowed to vote?? Geez man find the damned savage and throw the key away !!!

  • Xoliso Marilele-Ramokgopa - 2012-05-17 12:50

    its a sad story really bt at da end of da day if people are (o take the matter into their own hands it will be wrong y cnt the cops just do there job.

  • Frances - 2012-05-17 12:55


      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-08 12:54

      Animals have betterr morals!

  • smartjen2 - 2012-05-17 17:16

    Why some sick people do this????

  • smartjen2 - 2012-05-17 17:17

    Why some sick people do this????

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-17 18:17

    yhoyho isazala sayaphi ebantwini uhlala kanjani nabantu usisilwanyana ukuba abahlali bangathathela umthetho ezndleni babulale lenja yesilwane amapolisa azakuvela ababambe raaaaaa

  • Virginia - 2012-05-24 07:49

    I echo Grants sentiments exactly. The police know who did this but this savage moron is still walking around! An eye for an eye! Jail is too good for this thing

  • karenadawkins - 2012-08-24 09:51

    this country makes me sad and sick ....... im sorry but what is wrong with this government .....

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