A 20-year-old has been charged for the murder of a man he suspected of dabbling in witchcraft.
A 20-year-old has been charged for the murder of a man he suspected of dabbling in witchcraft.

KZN teen arrested for alleged murder of man he suspected of witchcraft

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Jun 7, 2021

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Durban: A teenager, who has been arrested for allegedly killing a man he suspected of dabbling in witchcraft, was expected to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court today.

KZN police said the suspect and his friends were coming from a tavern in the Steadville area in Ladysmith when they spotted the 58-year-old man in their yard at around 1.30am on June 5.

Spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said: “They then allegedly assaulted him suspecting him to be (involved in) witchcraft or a thief.

“It is further alleged the suspects dragged the victim out of the premises and dropped him in the road.”

Mbele said the victim was found by a passer-by who informed the police.

“The victim sustained multiple head injuries.”

She said a case of murder was opened at a Ladysmith police station.

“The detectives worked around the clock, trying to locate the suspects who were in hiding. The police managed to arrest a 20-year-old man yesterday at Steadville area. The other suspects are being sought by the police.”

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