The Finance MEC for Finance, Economic Develpment and Tourism Eric Kholwane (MPL) has called for the harshest possible sentence for the killers of the Shabane children.
During the recent budget speech, Kholwane and the legislature sent their condolences to the Emalahleni family whose 12-year old girl and 2-year old toddler were kidnapped and killed in believed what was a muti murder and aimed at albino people. What makes this crime even more horrific is that only the girl suffered from the skin condition and that the baby was accidentally taken but killed nevertheless.
Their dismembered bodies were found buried in shallow graves, with some body parts missing in what seems to be ritual killings. Although local traditional healers and witch doctors deny that albino people are targeted, many are of the opinion that because of the rarity of the skin condition, carriers of the albino gene are seen as special if their body parts are used for muti.
“I therefore implore this August House, to condemn in the strongest terms the horrific murder displayed by these criminals and we hope they are brought to justice by the long arm of the law and given the strongest possible sentence allowed for this crime, ” said Kholwane.
Read “An albino in Africa” by Newshorn journalist, Masoka Dube.