A pastor and two relatives have been arrested in Ezimambeni on Thursday 28th May after they murdered two young children claiming ‘evil spirits’ had attacked the children.
Police received an anonymous call on the 24th March 2020 stating that something ‘sinister’ was occurring at one of the houses in Ezimambeni.
Police arrived at the scene and were immediately greeted with hostility, raising suspicions they continued to investigate. Their investigation inside the property found two nine-year-old girls laying on the floor covered in bruises.
One girl was found to be deceased at the scene and another was rushed to the hospital.
The officers immediately questioned the family and pastor and were told that the girls were complaining that the ‘evil spirits’ were harming them.
“The family further alleged that the young girls had been complaining that the evil spirit were beating them up and instructing them to drink blood. In response to the girls attack by the evil spirits the family also beat up the girls as a form of exorcism,” said Col Thembeka Mbele
The involvement of the pastor is as gruesome as the two family members, it’s been reported that he first prayed for the girls and then decided to join in with the beatings.
A traditional healer was contacted after the girls had been beaten and the family was told that they could not do anything as the girl was already deceased. The second girl later died from her injuries while in hospital care.
Investigations sprung into action and it was found that in 2015 another girl from the family died of mysterious circumstances and was later buried the next day without authorities being notified.
“It is also suspected the same was going to happen to these young girls because according to the investigations the family had not reported their situation to anybody except for the pastor. Subsequent to the findings of the investigations the mother of the child, her relative and pastor were arrested for two counts of murder and will appear at the Nkandla Magistrate Court on Monday, 1 June 2020. Investigations are still on going and the Nkandla detectives will also probe the death of the girl in 2015.” said Col Thembeka Mbele