Five to appear after stoning of 'witch'

Canaan Mdletshe and Sowetan Reporter

Canaan Mdletshe and Sowetan Reporter

Five people are expected to appear in the Mount Ayliff magistrates' court today to face a charge of murder after a 60-year-old woman was stoned to death by a mob last Monday.

Nomanelwa Ngwane was stoned and stabbed by an angry mob who accused her of practising witchcraft.

The accusations arose when Zakhele Jakuja found her naked at his home and called on neighbours for help. After the assault she was taken to Mount Ayliff Hospital, where she died.

Jakuja said he was woken by his dogs. When he went out to investigate he was shocked to see an elderly naked woman kneeling in front of his door.

"I asked her what was she doing there and she told me that she had just fallen from her private jet and she was there to take me to my wife," he said.

Jakuja's wife died in August after receiving a call from an anonymous person. Shortly after answering the phone she fainted and died at the scene. Her death was attributed to witchcraft.

Police took in 85 people for questioning on Saturday, but only five were identified as suspects.

Superintendent Nondumiso Jafta of the uMzimkhulu police warned people not to take the law into their own hands.