Res­i­dents shocked at healer’s ar­rest

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A MALAWIAN tra­di­tional healer ar­rested in connection with last week’s mur­der of two boys was a well-known mem­ber of the Khayelit­sha In­for­mal Set­tle­ment com­mu­nity where the boys lived.

The tra­di­tional healer, Ali Yusuf, 47, ap­peared in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day to­gether with Liziwe Ng­way­ishe, be­lieved to have also been in­volved in the mur­ders.

Yusuf said he had pa­pers to be in the coun­try, but failed to pro­duce them.

Best friends Luyanda Msomi and Njabulo Mankayi, Grade 3 pupils at Clair­wood Boys’ Pri­mary School and both aged 10, were re­ported miss­ing when they failed to re­turn home from school last Thurs­day.

On Mon­day, Amahle Bongiwe Maliwa ap­peared in court and was re­manded in cus­tody. She is the ex-girl­friend of Than­daza Mankayi, the fa­ther of Njabulo.

It is al­leged by Mankayi that Maliwa mur­dered his son to pun­ish him for end­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

It is al­leged that Yusuf also had some­thing to do with the mur­ders af­ter the dis­cov­ery of mes­sages be­tween Maliwa and him be­fore the mur­ders.

Com­mu­nity res­i­dents who packed the court­room yes­ter­day said al­though they knew that a tra­di­tional healer had been ar­rested, they were shocked when they saw Yusuf walk into the dock.

Al­though court of­fi­cials warned them to keep their comments to them­selves dur­ing pro­ceed­ings, they could not help but ex­press their dis­gust in whis­pered tones.

Mem­bers of the K9 and SAPS search-and-res­cue units found the body of Luyanda in the thick bushes near Clair­wood rail­way sta­tion on Satur­day. Njabulo’s body was found in a culvert on Mon­day.

Yusuf and Ng­way­ishe were charged with two counts of mur­der, two counts of as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm and two counts of kid­nap­ping.

Mankayi said af­ter see­ing What­sApp mes­sages be­tween his ex-girl­friend and the tra­di­tional healer, he was con­vinced Maliwa was also in­volved in witchcraft.

“Some of the mes­sages in­di­cated that she had doubts whether the muti he had given her to mend the re­la­tion­ship was go­ing to work. The tra­di­tional healer in the mes­sages was en­cour­ag­ing her to have faith that the muti was go­ing to work,” he said.

Some com­mu­nity res­i­dents who spoke to the Daily News yes­ter­day said Yusuf lived in the area, but had moved his busi­ness to Ja­cobs.

“He lived in our com­mu­nity for a while. Most peo­ple knew him as a tra­di­tional healer and some con­sulted him. I am shocked,” said a res­i­dent.

Maliwa, Yusuf and Ng­way­ishe are ex­pected in court again next Mon­day for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.


Liziwe Ng­way­ishe, left, and tra­di­tional healer Ali Yusuf ap­peared in the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day in connection with the mur­ders of two 10-year-old school­boys.


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