Elderly man accused of witchcraft, stoned to death near Nkandla

10 March 2015 - 17:38 By Sapa

An elderly man accused of witchcraft was murdered in Mandaba near Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.

Colonel Jay Naicker said Mgwazeni Delwa, 73, was at his home when three people threw stones at him and beat him with knobkerries and sticks in the early hours of Monday morning.

"It's alleged that the suspects accused the deceased of performing witchcraft," he said.

Nkandla police received a complaint of murder and on arrival they found the body of Delwa with wounds on his head.

The three, aged between 17 and 19, were arrested and charged with murder.

"They appeared in Nkandla Magistrate's Court today [Tuesday]. A minor was transferred to a place of safety in Pinetown and the two other suspects were remanded in custody until March 16."

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