Mandla Khoza, News24 (South Africa), May 25, 2011
A trial date is expected to be set on Thursday for 12 people arrested in connection with setting a pastor alight after accusing him of using a magic penis to sleep with women.
The nine men and three women, aged between 28 and 50 will appear in the Boschfontein periodical court in Mpumalanga on charges murder and arson.
The villagers, among them a community induna (headman), were arrested on February 24 after Albert Malwane, a pastor of the Izwi Zion Christian Church, was burnt to death a day before.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said that Malwane had been dragged from his one-roomed house in the Etitandini informal settlement near Jeppes Reef south of Malalane and taken to a hill, where he was set alight.
Malwane’s house was also burnt and his wife and daughter went into hiding.
Community members had accused him of talking to animals and using an invisible penis to sleep with women in the informal settlement.
They also accused his wife of turning into a snail and terrorising the community.
The villagers also complained that Malwane’s family had used muti to make then sick after Malwane’s death.
One of the accused had to be carried into the Boschfontein periodical court when the 12 appeared in court on April 8.
Timothy Malwane, the father of the deceased, believes a curse was released at the pastor’s funeral.
The 12 accused have not been asked to plead.