· Two nine-year-old girls were killed in the Ezinambeni area last week
· Investigations have revealed a similar cold case from 2015 with the family’s and pastor’s involvement
· All three suspects have been arrested and will appear in the Nkandla magistrate court
Detectives from Nkandla Police Station
received an anonymous tip-off about allegedly sinister deeds happening at the
residence last Thursday and proceeded to investigate the matter. Upon arrival
at the family home, KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele tells DRUM
officials were greeted with hostility.
“After a barrage of questions from the family members, police encountered a very gruesome scene. Two nine-year-old girls laid on the floor with bruises all over their bodies, one of the girls was already deceased and the other was unconscious,” she says.
Police called ambulance services to the scene and one of the girls was declared dead on the scene while the other succumbed to her injuries in medical care. When police questioned them, family members stated the girls had been attacked by evil spirits who would occasionally instruct them to drink human blood.
“The family further alleged that the young girls had been complaining that the evil spirits were beating them up and instructing them to drink blood. In response to the girls’ attack, by the evil spirits the family also beat up the girls as a form of exorcism. A local pastor was also called to pray for the girls and he also allegedly joined in the beating of the girls,” Colonel Mbele adds. Prior to the police’s arrival, the family had taken one of the deceased girls to a traditional healer for assistance but not much could be done for the girl and her body was sent back to the family. An inquest docket was opened and thorough investigations by detectives, coupled with medical reports, indicated that the young girls were subject to severe beatings, which caused their deaths.Further investigations revealed a similar cold case from 2015 with the family’s involvement, Colonel Mbele says. “Further investigations also revealed that during the year 2015 another girl from the family died under mysterious circumstances and was buried a day after her death without the family informing any authorities. It is also suspected the same was going to happen to these young girls because according to the investigations, the family had not reported their situation to anybody except the pastor.”The mother of the girl who died in 2015, her relative and pastor have been arrested for two counts of murder and will appear in Nkandla magistrate court today. Investigations are still ongoing and the Nkandla detectives will also probe the 2015 death.