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Villagers torch 'witches' homes

By unknown | Feb 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Maahlamela and Frank Maponya

Edward Maahlamela and Frank Maponya

A Limpopo family is living in fear and poverty after villagers burnt down their three houses last week.

But the family have vowed that they will not leave the village.

The Mbowenis, of Burgersdorp village near Tzaneen, lost all their belongings when villagers destroyed their houses last Wednesday, accusing them of witchcraft.

"We know nothing about witchcraft. We will never leave this village," Judith Mboweni, 28, told Sowetan.

"We lost everything in the fire. We have nothing except for the clothes we are wearing," she said, sobbing.

She told Sowetan from temporary accommodation at Maake police station in Lenyenye that it was difficult to be away from home.

She and eight other family members, including four school-going children, have been offered temporary accommodation at the police station.

The Ritavi magistrates' court has released three of the 13 people suspected of setting fire to the Mboweni homes.

A 60-year-old grandmother, identified as Thokoza Tshuketani, was released on warning and two children, aged 14 and 18, were released into the custody of their parents. Ten other suspects were denied bail on Monday.


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