String of killings in Giyani linked with black magic


Three men allegedly burnt an elderly woman to death in an act of witchcraft, Police have said. Two of the three were arrested and the third was killed by members of the community.

A man who was on the run from the Police after he allegwedly burnt a pensioner to death in an act of witchcraft has in turn been burnt to death by an agry vigilante mob in Rotterdam near Giyani, Police in Limpopo said on Monday.

The Police say they have manged to arrest two of the men’s accomplices after an 82 year old woman in the community was burnt to death at the weekend.

“It is alleged that the suspects took the deceased forcefully from her house to another house in Rotterdam Village and killed her.. the motives of the killing is said to me motivated by witchcraft”, said Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

On Sunday night, Ngoepe said, members of the community then caught one of the suspects and dragged him to the local cemetery where they proceeded to set him on fire.

“Last night, community members mobilized and traced the third suspect until they caught him, fragged him to the cemetery and burnt him to death”.

A case of murder has been opened following the vigilante killing but so far no one has been arrested, he added.

The two men who were arrested for killing the elderly woman will appear before the Tiyani Magistrates’ Court soon, on a charge of Murder.

Last month, the Giyani community went on a rampage, burning and looting Pakistani shops, in revenge of alleged killing by the Pakistani shop owners.

It is alleged that the Pakistani nationals apprehended and killed two men, whom they claimed had tried to steal from them.

One of the men was said to have been found in a refrigerator owned by one of the Pakistani shop owners while the other man were severed and he later died in hospital.

“It’s not easy to move around as people are still burning buildings and Police are monitoring the area. The protestors also burnt a Mosque. “We don’t want the Pakistanis here anymore” said one of the residents, Ms Gloria Manganyi