Butterworth man gets 18 years behind bars for 'witchcraft' murder

OCTOBER 28, 2015

The Butterworth Regional Magistrate Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced 27-year-old Thandumzi Malamela to 18 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering 84-year-old Nobakhe Hlaba.

According to Eastern Cape police, the allegation is that Malamela met with Hlaba and another woman on the 13 August 2014 at about 16:45 at Diphini Location Ceru Village, Butterworth.

"The deceased greeted the accused. She carried on with her journey with the woman she was going with.

"On her way back home she met the accused, who drew his knife and stabbed the deceased resulting in multiple wounds on her upper body. The motive for the murder was witchcraft as the accused claimed that he had been dreaming the deceased time and again," the police said.

"A murder case was opened at Butterworth Police Station. The accused was traced and arrested. He was charged with murder."

Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Stanley Sibhidla welcomed the sentence imposed to the accused and condemned the senseless murder of the old women being accused of witchcraft.

He hoped that the sentence will serve as deterrence to other young men, who still think of accosting women and children.