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80-year-old pensioner accused of witchcraft beat to death with iron pot lid

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The wheels of justice are turning in the case where an 80-year-old pensioner was brutally bludgeoned to death. A suspect is in court on Friday facing a murder charge.


Mugivhi Winston Mashamba was killed in his house at Mutsha Thondoni village under Levubu policing area in the Vhembe District of Limpopo.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo says the pensioner was killed on Wednesday however an arrest had already been made.

“The 32-year-old suspect will appear before Vuwani Magistrate’s Court on Friday 27 May facing a charge of murder. The suspect arrived at the pensioner’s house and allegedly started hurling insults and accusing the old man of witchcraft,”

says Brigadier Mojapelo.


Mojapelo says the suspect quickly went to the room in which the victim was apparently taking a nap.

“The suspect broke the windows as well as the burglar door and entered the room. He then allegedly took the lid of an iron pot and started hitting the pensioner, thereby causing fatal injuries,”

says Mojapelo.


Brigadier Mojapelo says the pensioner’s alleged killer was the son of his reported helper

“The police were called and on arrival, they found the pensioner lying motionless on the bed. The paramedics were also called and the victim was certified dead at the scene,”

says Mojapelo.

The motive for this brutal murder will be determined by the unfolding Police investigations.

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