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2 men force boy to watch as they burned his mother alive for being a witch

By Mason White 5:26 PM May 12, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
2 men were arrested on charges of murder after allegedly burning a woman alive for being a witch, police in South Africa said.

The woman’s 12-year-old boy was forced to watch in horror as his mother was forced to drink gasoline and set on fire after she was suspected of witchcraft, the High Court in Durban heard.

The boy, now 15 years old, testified how one man held down Thembekile Ngubane, while another man forced her to drink gasoline.

Thula Dlula, 34, and Mzuyanda Mntabo, 32, are accused of beating the 59-year-old woman until she swallowed the gasoline. Once the woman was dead, a mob surrounded her body and attacked her because they believed she was a witch.

A neighbor accused the mother of shaving the eyebrows of her son to use in magic spells. Before the attack, she had been asked to leave the area, but before she had a chance to leave, she was killed.