A LIMPOPO traditional healer and her grandson have been brutally killed by angry community members who accused them of practicing witchcraft.
According to sources in the area, a group of about six people armed with axes and machetes hacked Matlhago Mashao (75) and Thabo Ramothwala (18) at Lemondokop Village, Sekgosese, outside Modjadjiskloof on Wednesday.
Eye witnesses said the mob started gathering in Mashao’s yard baying for her blood after alleging she was a witch.
In terms of the Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1957, anyone who “imputes to any other person the causing, by supernatural means, of any disease in or injury or damage to any person or thing, or who names or indicates any other person as a wizard” is guilty of an offence.
Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Colonel Ronnel Otto said community members started by burning Mashao’s houses.
Ramothwala, who did not stay with Mashao, was caught in the cross fire after going to the scene to try to mediate between his grandmother and the angry mob.
Otto said the old woman tried to flee the burning house but, unfortunately, found her attackers waiting for her outside.
“They assaulted her with an axe and she died at the scene,” explained Otto.
She added that the grandson lost his life when the house he was in was torched.
“Cases of murder and arson are being investigated with no arrests made yet,” Otto said.