Two in court af­ter eight killed

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NONDUMISO MBUYAZI

“YOU are evil and you de­serve to rot in hell,” a woman shouted in the Pine­town Mag­is­trate’s Court as a mother and son ac­cused of killing eight mem­bers of the Mab­hida fam­ily made their first court ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day.

Irene Ngubane, 38, and her son, Them­binkosi, 21, face eight counts of murder and ar­son af­ter the Mab­hida fam­ily was mur­dered on Mon­day.

Their bod­ies were bur nt be­yond recog­ni­tion at the fam­ily home in Mpola, Dassen­hoek, Mar­i­an­hill.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel Vin­cent Mdunge said the at­tack­ers had locked the sleep­ing vic­tims in­side and poured petrol through the gaps un­der­neath the doors.

De­spite al­le­ga­tions by neigh­bours that the vic­tims had re­ceived death threats af­ter be­ing ac­cused of witch­craft, Mdunge said that was not the mo­tive for the at­tack.

At court yes­ter­day, in­fu­ri­ated relatives and neigh­bours wept softly while oth­ers lashed out at the sus­pects, swear­ing at them.

Both Ngubanes kept their heads down as an­gry spec­ta­tors in court hurled in­sults at them.

The case was post­poned to De­cem­ber 23 for a bail hear­ing.

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