It’s a witch­craft act - Witch­doc­tors

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AS hongwe f a mil y f r om Manyandzeni in t he Shis­el­weni re­gion is liv­ing in fear af­ter wak­ing up to one of their fam­ily mem­ber’s grave with a hole.

This has raised strong sus­pi­cions of witch­craft acts. Make Shongwe af­ter mak­ing the strange dis­cov­ery on her late son, Zen­zele Mt­set­fwa’s grave quickly re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and to the area’s com­mu­nity leader.

Re­lat­ing the in­ci­dent, she said she was stunned when she had vis­ited her son’s grave and found a hole in the mid­dle of the grave.

Fur­ther­more, Make Shongwe said she was puz­zledby how the hole had been dug in the con­crete grave with­out cracks.

Her witch­craft claims were fur­ther pro­pelled by the fact that there were no con­crete re­mains that she found.

She ex­plained that on the fate­ful day, she had gone to see the grave of his son, whom she buried last year, Jan­uary.

“They seemed to have dug the con­crete us­ing a sharp metal and there was a stone nearby, which I sus­pected to have been used to break the con­crete,” Shongwe said.

She went on to state that this has hurt her so much as the peo­ple be­hind this should have just let her son rest in peace.

She won­dered why an in­di­vid­ual would van­dalise a con­crete grave but leave no frag­ments be­hind.

She sus­pects that the peo­ple who were be­hind the sus­pi­cious act were those who knew her son well while he was still alive.

Chief Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer (PICO) Su­per­in­ten­dent Phindile Vi­lakati con­firmed that a case of a van­dalised grave at Manyandzeni had been re­ported at the Hlatikulu po­lice. The po­lice mouth­piece said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still un­der­way.

Mean­while, un­con­firmed re­ports sug­gest that the peo­ple be­hind the act might have mis­taken the de­ceased to a per­son liv­ing with al­binism.

This sus­pi­cion is aided by the fact that the de­ceased was light skinned but not nec­es­sar­ily a per­son liv­ing with al­binism. Make Shongwe did not want to dwell on such suspi- cions, even though she said her son was light-skinned but not a per­son liv­ing with al­binism.

Chair­per­son of the Bemdz­abu Ba­munye Eswati ni Bal a phi Witch­doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Makhanya Makhanya has de­scribed the van­dal­is­ing of a grave as tan­ta­mount to a witch­craft act.

Makhanya said this was pure witch­craft and ad­vised Make Shongwe to seek help from tra­di­tional heal­ers.

He sus­pected that those be­hind the act were try­ing to use the spir­its of the de­ceased to be­witch and kill the Shongwe fam­ily.

“This is so be­cause the liv­ing ones are un­der the guid­ance of the dead ones, as they are close to God,” he said.

He em­pha­sised that Make Shongwe should con­sult with tra­di­tional heal­ers so that they can as­sist her.

Make Shongwe point­ing son's grave. to the strange hole on her

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