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House torched after witchcraft allegations

By Alex Matlala | Feb 07, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

The pensioner was attending a church service when her house was burned down

POLICE in Mecklenburg, Limpopo, have arrested a 55-year-old man for allegedly setting alight the house of a 70-year-old woman after he suspected that she had killed his son through witchcraft.

Police said that the house was set alight on Sunday while the pensioner was attending a church service in Mooihoek village outside Burgersfort in Limpopo.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mohale Ramatseba estimated the damage at R300,000.

"According to the information on the charge sheet, the pensioner was attending a church service when her house was burned down.

"The man allegedly accused her of having caused the death of his 26-year-old son through witchcraft.

"The son died on Sunday after complaining of stomach pains for about three days."

Police expect to make more arrests and Ramatseba said the suspect is expected to appear before the Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court soon.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Simon Mpembe has strongly condemned the burning of the woman's house and said pointing out someone as a witch was a serious offence.


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Does Sowetan have reporters in other provinces? Please report something about the Northern Cape or Western Cape.....We need something new....if it's not Malema, it's witchcraft, rape or murder.....Re tennwe.

Feb 07, 2012 7:50 | 0 replies

I am from KZN but due to work i am based in PTA but Sowetan C'mon there are nine provinces in SA. As much as i hold no brief for Lompopo peeps i feel there is injustice in the way Limpopo is being reported upon. More than 50% of articles in the Sowetan are about Limpopo, there is nothing wrong with that but the problem is that they all about negative staff.

Feb 07, 2012 10:5 | 0 replies

Ahaaa Limpopo banna hei ke hlotswe jwale.
Limpopo e tletse bashanyana feela banna ha bayo ntho tse tshwanang le bo mmabona ka mahlong.

Nna ke tshobotsi tsa poho,ke kgohlo dimeriti wa ka kutlwanong ntho tse ha di na etsahala haeso banna ba le teng le kgale.

Feb 07, 2012 10:28 | 0 replies

I think thats why its called Sowetan, Most of the news will be based in Areas of surrounding Soweto en Joburg and the issues you have highlighted are probably the most that happened in those areas, muder,rape,witchcraft etc. The rate at which those issues are happening it doesnt even surprises people anymore instead they r bored infact people from Joburg would be surprised to wake up and spend the whole day with out hearing such news......Whow its a sin must say

then should be called LISOWETAN

Feb 07, 2012 10:38 | 0 replies

@Mjamisto.Agree with you.I conclude Sowetan journalists are only based in Limpopo,thats all

Feb 07, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

HELLO. It's 2012 people! No such thing as witchcraft.
u are a fool! ignorant cum goof!! ....so you think that an intelligent debate, huh

Feb 07, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

ignorant to ridicule belief n witchcraft? I won't even bother to argue the point. No I don't think it an intelligent debate zaco. It can't be. It's an irrational topic. OK, huh? Now you come up with a deep intellectual discussion on the lunacy of believing that bathing in goats blood is going to improve your business, or something equally absurd. What a ridiculous comment. That said with all due respect.

Feb 07, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

withcraft is not a myth @RobinH
There other race calls it WICA

Feb 07, 2012 12:19 | 0 replies


man you always make valid points when it comes to topics you know about. but on this one you do not know a thing so if i were you i would just shut up on this one.

Feb 07, 2012 12:21 | 0 replies


thank you....maneater! this guy is better on political topics"just to criticize Anc, malema....robin stick to that mfana

Feb 07, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies

maneater. What's to know about imaginary things?. Zaco. No mfana here, Sir. I'm probably twice your age if not more. You guys can't seriously be putting beds on bricks to avoid tokoloshe and so on. Come on, give me a break.

Feb 07, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies