Mentally ill man accused of witchcraft killed

Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga man who suffers from mental illness has been killed in Skoongesig, KwaMhlanga, after he was accused of witchcraft by residents, police said on Thursday.

Around 14:50 on Tuesday, the 27-year-old man allegedly arrived naked at a woman's house in the area and told her that he had been sent by God, police spokesperson Sibongile Vilakazi said in a statement.

The woman then called for help and residents gathered outside her house.

"More community members gathered and decided to take the law into their own hands by severely assaulting the man. He was taken to a local clinic by ambulance but was certified dead on arrival."

Acting provincial commissioner Major General Meshack Nogwanya condemned the death, especially because the community knew the man suffered from mental illness.

"A community is supposed to protect its vulnerable members. A mentally ill person who is not showing any signs of violence was harmless.

"All they had to do was to call the police but they decided to take the law into their own hands and now a life has been lost," Nogwanya said.

A murder docket was opened.

The attack was a form of vigilantism and no stone would be left unturned until the perpetrators were found and prosecuted, he said.

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Terence Wessels 2014-08-07 08:52:58 PM
Witchcraft? Really. It's 2014 people.
John Buang 2014-08-07 08:57:20 PM
Like what happened in the Dark Ages.
Hlengani Fickson Makhense 2014-08-07 09:11:10 PM
Shame!!! Poor Guy,Who doesn't show danger to the Community was killed for nothing.RIP.
lskosana3 2014-08-07 09:13:45 PM
That's disgusting, these are adults we are talking about here. They should have the same done to them
ruth.clementemarais 2014-08-07 09:15:49 PM
How cruel! What is happeni g to society??
Khutso Bokaba 2014-08-07 09:17:11 PM
God shall deal with them
Bryan Staind 2014-08-07 09:22:48 PM
This is why superstitious beliefs in gods and ghosts are dangerous.
Mukosi Tshiambara 2014-08-07 09:26:34 PM
shame....poor man rest in peace.
Matt Cumming 2014-08-07 09:31:45 PM
Animals !
Letics Vidual 2014-08-07 09:56:52 PM
Its sad i know , and some people will go to jail for 5-12 years over a senseless killing, only in Africa