House near Zeerust burnt down in witchcraft incident

Generic witchdoctor/sangoma
Generic witchdoctor/sangoma

Motswedi police near Zeerust have arrested twelve suspects on charges of Public Violence and Malicious damage to property on 13 December 2013 at Lobatla village.

It is alleged that the community members went to Lobatla Tribal office and complained about a man whom they alleged to have bewitched another community member who died a week ago. After the alleged death of the community member no case was registered with the police. Police were also invited to the meeting to address the community.

It is alleged that after the police had left, the community went to the victim’s house and burnt it to ashes. According to the information, the victim and his family were not at their house at the time of the incident, and estimated costs to the damaged property could be not be established. The suspects will appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 17 December 2013.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo has condemned the unruly behaviour of some members involved in the crime committed. “There is no way in which the police will allow people to take the law into their own hands. People must always report incidents to the police and leave the law to take its cause” said the General Mbombo.