Madala Necklaced in South Africa

AN 86-YEAR-OLD madala was with his wife when he found himself face-to-face with death. Villagers, mostly women, stormed his house in Rotterdam, near Hlanganani Village in Limpopo. They accused him of raping and killing a gogo… then they took him into the street.

The body of gogo Mamaila Maluleka (79) had been found in the veld the previous day.

Jack Hlongwane was beaten with sticks and fists on Wednesday.

And when his wife Anna Chauke (58) tried to intervene, she was beaten as well.

And then the old man had a tyre put over his head and he was set alight.

A police officer driving past tried to intervene, but the people stoned his vehicle, leaving him standing as a spectator until the madala’s body had been totally burnt.