Sangoma is axed to death

A SANGOMA was hacked to death with an axe before being doused with paraffin and set alight in front of her 10-year-old niece.

A SANGOMA was hacked to death with an axe before being doused with paraffin and set alight in front of her 10-year-old niece.

The incident took place at the Khayelitsha informal settlement outside Butterworth on Sunday afternoon, Eastern Cape police said yesterday.

"When the police arrived on the scene they were informed that a 58-year-old female sangoma, who also runs a spaza shop, was attacked with an axe by her student sangoma," Captain Jackson Manatha said.

"It is alleged that the 30-year-old suspect, who is believed to have fled to Willowvale, attacked the older sangoma with an axe about her upper body.

"It is alleged that he also poured paraffin on the body of the deceased and set her alight."

Members of the community were alerted by a "severe scream" from the woman's niece.

No arrest have been made yet. - Sapa

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