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Man accused of witchcraft, burnt to death

79-year-old dies, and his sister-in-law is seriously injured

A man accused of practising witchcraft burnt to death when his house was torched in Giyani, Limpopo, police said on Friday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said 79-year-old Tarazeta Mathebula and his 55-year-old sister-in-law were inside the house, which was set alight by angry residents at about 8pm on Thursday.

Ramatseba said the woman was seriously injured when residents assaulted her, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police arrested seven people — four women and three men — aged between 24 and 46.

“They face charges of murder, attempted murder, public violence and arson and will appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Monday.”

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