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'Witchcraft' ends in death

By unknown | Jul 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A man who believed that his three relatives were bewitching his family, shot them dead before killing himself at the weekend.

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Mbekwane village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo.

Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba, identified the man as Peter Ngobeni, 35.

"When police arrived at the scene, the two blood-soaked lifeless bodies of Ngobeni and his mother, Mphephu Mushwana, 56, were still lying there," he said.

The bodies of Ngobeni's grandmother, Mohlabine Mushwana, 80, and cousin, Dina Mushwana, 50, were found a few kilometers away.

Ramatseba said the motive for the killings had not been established, but he said villagers claimed that the killings were linked to witchcraft.

A villager who spoke on condition of anonymity said Ngobeni was called home urgently at the weekend after his family claimed that cats and monkeys had turned his home into a soccer field.

Ngobeni and his wife allegedly went to a local sangoma who told them they were being bewitched.

After shooting his mother, grandmother and cousin, Ngobeni kissed his 11-year-old son and told him he was going to heaven. He then shot himself.

Family spokesman, Othaniel Mushwana, greater Tzaneen municipal mayor, yesterday confirmed the witchcraft rumours.


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