How much do people know about witchcraft? Is witchcraft alien to Africa? Were there ways ‘witches’ were treated when caught in the act? What makes one a witch?. There are so many questions one needs to ask oneself before raising his fingers against any living soul he did not create in the name of witchcraft. This is the case with the Nkuna Family.
Do you know that on several occasions, innocent lives have been ‘wasted’ on the account that they are witches. So you see, there is more to it than waking up one morning and branding someone a witch- in fact, in most cases, people often believe such claims when the reporter has a tangible proof.
So, outright killing of a witch is and has never been the best solution. Whenever one is caught, due process must be followed so that that justice will be reasonably reserved.
I guess reverse was the case of Nkuna family who picked on an elderly woman (with no visible evidence to buttress their claims), labelled her a witch and finally stoned her to untimely death.
In April 2014 community members from Thomo village in Giyani accused Catherine Nkovani of witchcraft after a younger member of her family passed away due to natural causes.
Madala Nkuna‚ 39‚ Vonani Nkuna‚ 24‚ Ntokoza Nkuna‚ 39‚ Christopher Nkuna‚ 32 and Ernest Nkuna‚ 27‚ assaulted and stoned Nkovani before drenching her body with petrol and setting her alight.
The helpless woman later died in hospital and the five Nkuna family members were subsequently arrested in connection with the murder.
Earlier this month, they were finally found guilty of murdering 52-year-old Nkovani. Hours ago, they were sentenced to a collective 102 years behind bars for the brutal murder of the woman at the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou.
Nkuna Family Bags Multiple Sentences
According to police, Madala and Vonani both bagged life sentences, Ntokoza and Ernest bagged 16 years behind bars each‚ while Christopher will be locked away for 20 years.
Meanwhile, South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba reacted by commending the severity of the sentence.
Ledwaba stated that the strong sentence would definitely serve as a deterrent to members of the community not to point accusing finger at innocent people for witchcraft and then murder them horribly.