Angry residents of KwaDambuza in Pietermaritzburg, KZN Midlands, torched the home of a sangoma on Monday, 28 June.
This after four-year-old Mlando Zuma’s body was discovered in a septic tank in the sangoma’s yard.
His mother Sonto said she was aware the house was burnt but was not there when it happened.
“We took my son’s body and left with the police,” she said.
“The burning of the house happened after we left.”
She didn’t want to say a lot as she’d been advised by police to wait for postmortem results.
“The results will tell me what really happened to my son. It’s painful that he died so young,” she said.
“No parent wants to lose their child.
“But I’ll remain calm and wait for the results.”
On the day Mlando went missing, Sonto had left him at the sangoma’s house as she was going to the hospital.
When the grieving mum returned from the hospital, she was told her son had gone missing while playing with other kids in the yard.
Said Sonto: “I was told the sangoma was inside the house when my son went missing, so she didn’t see how he disappeared.
“My eldest son (12), who was playing with Mlando, said he vanished while moving around the house playing with a toy car.”
Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed to the that Mlando’s body was found in a septic tank in the yard where he was last seen playing.
“An inquest docket was opened at Plessislaer cop shop for investigation,” she said.
She said residents gathered outside the house where the body was found and set it alight.
“We appeal to residents not to take the law into their own hands,” said Mbele.
“Acts of vigilantism will not be tolerated in our province.
“We’re still waiting for the post-mortem results to determine the cause of death.”
In other news – Video: Police officers beaten up by residents for warning them against public drinking and blocking the road
Police management have condemned the attack on cops which was filmed and circulating on social media. The video shows cops being pounced on by a group of young people in Makhanda, Eastern Cape.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the incident happened near a tavern in Fingo Village on Monday, 14 June. Kinana said police were on patrol when they saw a group of people playing loud music and blocking the road. When the police asked the people to move out of the way, they were attacked. Learn More