Min­is­ter de­cries rit­ual mur­ders

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - RIVALANI MYAMBO

MIN­IS­TER of Pub­lic Ser­vices and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Faith Muthambi yes­ter­day con­demned rit­ual killings at the fu­neral ser­vice of Rhandzu Man­ganyi in Gum­bani Vil­lage near Mala­mulele, Lim­popo.

Rhandzu, 16, was found dead in the Shing­wedzi River with sev­eral of her body parts re­moved.

Muthambi urged the com­mu­nity to work to­gether to fight rit­ual killings. “Who­ever said that if peo­ple com­mit rit­ual mur­ders be­come rich killed our so­ci­ety. We call upon all stake­hold­ers to work to­gether to end this prac­tice.”

She called on re­li­gious lead­ers to pray for an end to such killings. “As the gov­ern­ment, we are ask­ing for pas­tors to pray for our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, prov­ince and the en­tire coun­try to stop such bar­baric acts.”

Muthambi was ac­com­pa­nied by tra­di­tional lead­ers and the mayor of Lim 345, Joyce Bila.

SADC Tra­di­tional Heal­ers’ Union pres­i­dent Sylvester Hlathi urged tra­di­tional heal­ers not to buy body parts.

“If peo­ple come to you and sell body parts, you must in­form the po­lice,” he said.

Hlathi pledged to build a four­room house for the Man­ganyi fam­ily, who share one hut among nine of them.

Lo­cal chief Hosi Richard Chauke, of Mokhumi vil­lage, said he was up­set by the mur­der.

“As the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship, we are so touched by the passing of Rhandzu in such a hor­rific man­ner. We thought that when she grew up, she would be a doc­tor or an en­gi­neer and help de­velop this area,” said Chauke.

Rhandzu was a Grade 6 pupil at Hlawulekani Pri­mary School.

Prin­ci­pal Lawrence Hlung­wani de­scribed Rhandzu as a dis­ci­plined and re­spect­ful child.

“As the school, we are so sad­dened by the hor­rific death of Rhandzu,” he said.

Com­mu­nity leader Moses Shivambu said the com­mu­nity was in shock over the mur­der.

Po­lice spokesper­son Brigadier Mot­lale­fela Mo­japelo said the search for the killers was con­tin­u­ing.

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