Witchcraft killers get long jail terms
Three men, Siyabusa Ncelani (19), Mlulami Nkonyanebomvu (29), and Ncedakele Nyawuzayo (20) convicted of killing an 80-year-old Masilenge Bambusiba and her four grandchildren were each sentenced to five life terms (125 years) by the Mthatha High Court. NEWS SOURCE
South African Witches applaud the Mthatha High Court ruling and we applaud the statement issued by the NPA. The South African Pagan Rights Alliance hopes that this will indeed “serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders that killing elderly people on suspicion that they are witches will never be tolerated by the justice system in South Africa”.
Judge Lusindiso Pakade, on handing down sentence said “The killing of elderly people accused of practising witchcraft is very common in the Transkei and has been continuing for a long time. Now it is time for the courts to send a clear message to communities [that] it is a serious punishable offence.”