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NHLANGANO - A man is lucky to be alive after being severely assaulted for allegedly performing rituals while naked on a grave of a man who was murdered recently.

The shocking incident unfolded at Mpandzeni area under Zombodze Emuva constituency last Wednesday night. *Nathi Vilakati (60) was allegedly beaten until he lost consciousness by the late Zeze Simelane’s children. Simelane was last month killed in a cold blooded attack after two men stabbed him several times all over the body in what is suspected to be an attack over livestock. Simelane was once accused of stock theft.


It was alleged that it was around 11pm on Tuesday when Vilakati was spotted at the grave in a family cemetery naked, sprinkling substances and moving around uttering undisclosed remarks. He was then allegedly confronted by the angry children who demanded answers on the purpose of his actions and according to a source close to the matter, Vilakati allegedly turned a deaf ear and continued with his mission. “Maybe if he tried to talk to the children the situation would have not been like this,” said the source.

The old man was beaten by the children and further taken to their homestead where the assault allegedly continued. The beating of the old man is also alleged to have continued the following day (Wednesday) at around 2pm, and by that time he was bleeding profusely after sustaining severe injuries.

“He was bleeding from the mouth and ear as a result of the assault,” said the source. As Vilakati could no longer stand the beatings and pain inflicted on him, he is alleged to have pleaded for forgiveness from the children on grounds that certain men sent him to perform the ritual.

It is alleged that he told the children he was sent by their father’s killers because they wanted the matter not to be tried “lidliwe tinja”. According to a source, Vilakati was then taken by the police to Nhlangano Health Centre where he was admitted. Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said they received the report of the assault and police had since launched investigations into the matter. *Not his real name.

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