South Africa

Police arrest suspects for stabbing woman suspected of witchcraft to death

Police arrested two suspects who killed a 62-year-old female suspected of witchcraft at Nkanti location Detyana A/A on Saturday 31 July 2021 at about 19:30.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Kaya Matola-Mvanyashe said the deceased was inside the premises of Mbotho shop, when she was being assaulted by a 29-year-old suspect.

“The shop owner intervened when the second male suspect aged 28-years stabbed the deceased three times, while the suspects were busy assaulting the women they were calling her a witch.

“The deceased sustained stab wounds in her upper body and she succumbed to her injuries.  The suspects ran away after the incident but were arrested later.”

Sergeant Kay Matola-Mvanyashe

The two will appear before Ngqeleni Magistrates’ court on Monday 02 August 2021.

In April 2021, two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of Jostina Sangweni, a 57 year-old woman from Soweto.

Sangweni, who was reportedly mentally-ill, was set alight in the previous week after she was accused of witchcraft and attacked by an angry mob. She was then admitted to hospital where she later died. It was learnt that she had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“A couple of weeks after the diagnosis she was still getting worse and one of the elders in the family suggested that she should be taken to a traditional healer,” a family member was quoted saying.

The Commission for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities condemned the assault and said it will be investigating the incident.

“We strongly condemn senseless attacks on women who get labelled as witches and eventually killed, allegedly for being involved in witchcraft,” said the CRL Commission’s Professor Luka David Mosoma.

“As the CRL Rights Commission, we believe that regardless of the motives of the assailants who committed this heinous crime, there can never be any justifiable reason whatsoever for anyone to attack someone or burn them when they plead for help.”

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