HUT BURNT OVER WITCHCRAFT
By: Sthembile Shabalala
A roundovell hut was burnt to ashes by community members in Clermont near Pinetown on Sunday afternoon.
Ouma Luvi (65) was banished from the area early last year after she was accused of witch-crafting.
Neighbours said that she got to her house on Saturday evening and allegedly made some fire and shouted people’s names.
Luvi said that she was just going to the hut to communicate with her ancestors, that is why there is traditional medicine and herbs in the hut.
“I was just visiting my kids at my house. I do not know why my own children turned against me and helped the community burn my house,” said Luvi.
Her son Sphelele Luvi (23) said that he has seen his mother using muthi at an early age, calling people’s names at midnight that is why the community decided to burn the hut
because it is full of traditional medicine that is written people’s names.
“We asked the community to burn the hut because (the) devil’s work is done in it,” said her son.
According to community members, the woman was banished after the community attempted to kill her last year and she was rescued by the police at Kwa-Dabeka.
“I wish I was dead because I have suffered a lot, my heart is pained that even my children do not want me anymore,” said Luvi.
Chairperson of Community Policing Forum (CPF) who works with the police to protect the community, said that the woman confessed that she is witchcrafting when she was in police
Luvi denied witchcrafting and said she is a traditional healer with a certificate.
“Witchcrafting is the devil’s work, I qualified to be a sangoma, I do not know why the community hates me, and they have even made my children hate me,” added Luvi.