A 6-year old girl, her mother and grandmother were killed during a Christmas Day attack in which their hatch hut home near Dutywa, South Africa was burnt down by a mob believing the family practiced witchcraft.
45-year old Ntombizanele Combo burned to death in the hut along with her 6-year old daughter, Sibulele Combo, who was pushed back into the burning hut several times by the attackers as she tried to escape. 80-year old Nokwesile Wogqoyi was hacked to death by the mob with bushknives. Two of Ntombizanele’s other children managed to escape.
7 men and one woman were arrested the next day for allegedly burning down the family hut. Police were forced to shoot and kill two arson suspects who attempted to attack the questioning officers.
“The motive behind the murders is believed to be witchcraft as nothing was stolen from the two homesteads,” said police captain Jackson Manath.