Mashilo wants meeting with sangomas after cruel murder of Witbank children

Government and ANC leaders met the family on Saturday.


Nkangala ANC leader Speedy Mashilo wants “a special meeting” with traditional healers after two children were kidnapped and killed, possibly for their body parts, to be used for muti.

Mashilo formed part of government and ANC leaders who came to the Shabane family on Saturday morning to mourn the death of Gabisile Shabane (13) and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

“We need a special meeting with traditional healers,” Mashilo told the family.

“All traditional healers,” he said.

“Because the traditional healers are the people that we must talk to. A big meeting with them,” Mashilo said.

He told the family that as ANC they do not believe that what happened there “was planned by God”.

“That is for pastors. We in the ANC believe there is criminal activity here. That’s all. And we will lead and show we can solve these social ills,” he said.

MEC of Safety and Security Pat Ngomane as well as Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma also visited to the bereaved family in the Kwa-Guqa section of Hlalanikahle in eMalahleni.

Ngomane promised the cops will do everything in their power to bring to book all those involved in the murder of the children.

He said as the Safety and Security department they will be very close to the family to assist the process of laying the two kids to rest.

“What happened to this family can happen to anybody,” Ngomane said.

Gabisile, who lived with albinism, and Nkosikhona were kidnapped on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were asleep with their moms.

Three unknown men broke the dinning room window, pointing a gun at the parents of the children before disappearing with them.

They were found dead a week ago on the N4 towards Tshwane and one man, a 31-year-old Thokozani Msibi, arrested.

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Ntshalintshali hails cops who nailed suspected killer of Gabisile

He was arrested on Tuesday night this week and made a brief appearance.


eMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has commended the cops who nailed the man suspected of kidnapping and killing 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

The decomposed bodies of the two kids were found on the N4 towards Tshwane following their kidnapping on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were asleep with their moms at their home of Hlalanikahle township, Kwa-Guqa.

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“The police officers deserve kudos,” Ntshalintshali said.

“The police officers who worked under tremendous pressure, and for long hours searching for the three suspects, have restored the community’s trust and confidence in the police system,” she said on Thursday.

“The arrest, while it will not bring back the two children, will go a long way to ease the pain of the family and the community.

Gabisile Shabane.

“At least we now know who was behind the dreadful deed that was meted out at the two children,” the mayor said.

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Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

She said they hope the courts will “speed up the wheels of justice”.

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Police spokesman Bridagier Leonard Hlathi said investigations are continuing as they believe the suspect, 32-year-old Thokozani Msibi, did not do ” the evil act alone”.

He said the decomposed bodies will undergo DNA test to determine whether they truly are those of the kids.

Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma thanked the community members who assisted the cops with information, leading to the arrest of Msibi and the discover of the bodies.

The children were sleeping with their moms on the night when unknown men broke the dining room window, pointing a gun at their parents and disappearing with them into the night.

Msibi will be back at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court on 26 February 2018 for a formal bail application.

Ntshalintshali said: “This time we expect the wheels of justice to turn fast and to grind effectively”.

She called on community members who have been hurt and disgusted by the murders of the kids to exercise “maximum restraint” and allow law enforcement as well as the judiciary space to execute their duties without interference.

“God answered our prayers by giving police the necessary wisdom to crack this case and we hope that the judiciary will apply justice,” she said.

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