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By unknown | Sep 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Pupils at Manhlenga High School in Manguzi in KwaZulu-Natal are being investigated for murder after a mob allegedly burned to death two elderly women they had accused of being witches.

Mangubane Msaba Zungu and Qibile Thabitha Thusi, both aged 60, were allegedly set on fire on Sunday by a group of school children who accused them of bewitching some pupils.

The affected pupils allegedly started behaving strangely in August.

The children would scream hysterically and when asked by the teachers what was going on, they would reply that they wanted meat.

Police believe a mob of pupils was responsible for the women's deaths.

Police said a group of pupils had held a meeting at the school shortly before the two women were killed.

At the meeting, women were allegedly referred to as "the witches responsible for the pupils' problems".

Police spokesman Jabulani Mdletshe said the women were attacked at their homes at night and dragged to the local sports grounds. Petrol was poured on them and they were set alight.

"Mangubane Zungu was found dead by police the same night.

"Thusi, who was still alive, was taken to Manguzi Hospital where she died a few hours later," said Mdletshe, who added that cases of murder were being investigated.

Provincial education spokesman Ntokozo Maphisa said a departmental delegation would visit the school to assess the situation.

"We cannot comment while our investigation is still underway," said Maphisa.

He said the department had only recently been made aware of the problems at the school.

No one has been arrested in connection with the killings.


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