Body found

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East London elderly woman brutally murdered for ‘being a witch’

The elderly woman was brutally murdered in front of her grandchildren.

Body found

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A male suspect has been arrested by East London police after the Needs Camp community reported the murder of an 84-year-old elderly woman.

What happened in Needs Camp, East London?

According to police spokesperson, Captain Hazel Mqala, police were notified of a possible murder that occurred in Needs Camp, a settlement in Buffalo City, East London.

The suspect, a 34-year-old was apprehended after it was reported that he had allegedly entered the premises of the elderly woman, hurling insults targeted at her with a screwdriver in his hand, claiming that she was a witch.

Members of the community were shaken by the cries of the woman’s grandchildren after the suspect entered the house and allegedly stabbed the woman multiple times in the torso.

“The deceased was in her bedroom with grandchildren when the suspect entered and stabbed the deceased with a screwdriver on her upper body. He further pulled her to the ground and continued kicking her face and head,” Captain Mqala noted in a statement.

Captain Mqala further revealed that thanks to the alert grandchildren, the suspect was apprehended before he could escape.

“Local people came to intervene by taking the screwdriver, tied up the suspect and contacted the police. The community members organized transport and took the victim to Frere Hospital where she passed on,” she added.

What charges does the suspect face?

The 34-year-old suspect was handed over to the police by the community. He has since been charged with first-degree murder. Captain Mqala applauded the community for choosing to let justice run its course instead of taking matters into their own hands.

Once the suspect has been processed, he will be held in jail until he appears in court to plead on his charges and subsequently argue for his bail, should he plead not guilty.

“A case of Murder has been opened and the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner condemns the senseless murder of a defenceless woman. The suspect will appear in court soon,” Mqala said.