Pretoria - An elderly mentally challenged woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a mob of men who branded her a “witch” in Klipgat, north-west of the city.
In the early hours of Saturday, the 79-year-old was assaulted for suspected witchcraft after being found sweeping a street. She is recovering at Odi Community Hospital.
Her sister Martha Seduta, 60, said Johanna Seduta started behaving strangely as she grew older, lately developing a habit of sweeping the street. “She sweeps every day. We decided to leave her be since she was not harming anyone,” she said.
Martha said she was attending a funeral in Winterveldt and returned to the news that her sister had been brutally assaulted by a gang of men.
“I visited her in hospital and she is still swollen and green all over her face and body. She can speak, but every time a man is around, she says he is the person who hit her with a brick, bottle or belt. It’s painful seeing her so badly beaten up and swollen. They ripped off her clothing her blouse, ski-pants, skirt and head wrap and left her naked,” she said.