10000 in protest against 'ritual killing'

TRAFFIC came to a standstill in Malamulele, Limpopo, on Friday when more than 10000 people from six rural communities under Chief Patrick Mavambe marched to the Malamulele police station.

They were protesting against the police's failure to arrest a prime suspect in a case involving a 46-year-old woman, who was allegedly killed for ritual purposes. Incidents of this nature are common in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

The mother of six was killed between Mavambe and Dovheni villages on January 21.

Grace Chauke's body was buried at Mavambe cemetery on Saturday, but it was minus vital organs such as private parts, an eye and lips, which had been removed.

A memorandum was sent to Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, in which he was aked to transfer the case from Malamule to the national specialised crime unit.