Elderly woman killed at initiation school

Five initiates have been arrested for murder after they allegedly killed a 62-year-old woman after finding her at their camp at 10 pm on Sunday.

The incident took place at Berlin's Mncotsha Village outside East London on Sunday. Cambridge Police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi said the woman allegedly arrived at the initiation school at night and threatened to kill the initiates.

“ The initiates drew their sticks and beat her up. She sustained head and bodily injuries and died on the scene.” Mbi said the initiates with ages ranging between 16 and 20 would appear in the Mdantsane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesman Mamkeli Ngam said one of the initiate has since been transferred to Cecilia Makhiwane to complete his treatment there.

Ngam said two under-age suspects were scheduled for release because they were minors. “ We are shocked by this incident as the department and we would like to extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the victim.” Ngam said the Cogta condemned the incident and calls on the police to speed up the investigation.-malibongwed@dispatch.co.za

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