WOMAN DIES OVER WITCHCRAFT

By: ‘Mareabetsoe Mofoka

Maseru: Three siblings ‘Makhimirone Malumane aged 39 years,  Moroesi Malumane aged 35 and their brother Maleke Malumane aged 28 appeared before Mohale Magistrate court on the 25th January, 2016 accused of killing a 63-year-old woman over witchcraft.

They were remanded in custody and will reappear in court on the 5th February 2016.

This took place at Ha Makotoko in the outskirts of Maseru.

According to the investigator of this case Sub-Inspector Motonosi Mofaso of Matela Police, they received a report at about 07:00hrs from the headman that the deceased has been attacked by her relatives.

Upon arrival, they found the deceased badly burnt and assaulted; but she could talk.

She was confirmed dead when they arrived at Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital.

Sub- Insp. Mofaso further explained that suspects alleged that the deceased has killed their brother who died on the 21st January 2016 after being admitted at hospital due to terrible headache.

He got sick on the 19th January 2016 and died on the 21st January 2016.

Narrating the occurrences of that day, Su-b Insp. Mofaso said that suspects called the deceased to their place and furiously asked her to return their brother; they took her back to her place and burnt her using petrol.

Their brother assaulted her with a lebetlela stick and a home-made sable that have been seized as exhibits.  

Officer Commanding Matela Police Senior Inspector Mosito Mokhethi urged the community to stop taking the law into their own hands and rather use other measures to solve their disputes.

 ‘’Witchcraft is not defined within the laws of this country because there is no evidence that can prove that a person is a witch’’, he said.

S/Insp. Mokhethi further explained that this is the first incidence where a person is killed over sorcery.

He confirmed that police mediated between the accused and the deceased sometime last year with the same allegation; and it seemed they had reached a consensus.