Nonhlanhla Mabena (10) went missing last Wednesday. Her body was found last Friday but her legs and hand were missing.
On Sunday, one of the girl’s legs was found in the bush. Residents from extension 19, Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni were convinced sangoma Belina Mhlongo was responsible.
Armed with petrol, stones and matches, they marched to her house. They found the sangoma’s two cars parked outside the yard and burned them.
When cops arrived, they found the cars in flames and fired rubber bullets to break up the crowd of residents. But the villagers threw stones and shot at the cops. The cops returned fire and three residents died.
When the sangoma’s husband, Norbet Sithole, saw their cars on fire, he screamed in frustration and asked to be left behind so he could also die.
Members of the family and amathwasana were taken to a place of safety. The residents then came back to finish what they started. They looted the sangoma’s house and her husband’s tavern and vegetable market.
People were seen drinking and celebrating next to the burning cars, while some helped themselves to vegetables. Later they burned the tavern.
Belina said she knows the person who pointed out her house.
“She’s a member of the EFF and we know she has a grudge against me. I think she’s happy now.”
Cops searched Belina’s house last Friday but found nothing.
Daily Sun spoke to the EFF member, who admitted leading people in the search last Friday but denied starting the arson.
Captain Ramothakhi Maqabe said a case of arson was opened at Etwatwa Police Station and confirmed the deaths of the residents.