By Yoliswa Khumalo
MGANDUZWENI – Three houses belonging to those arrested in connection with Bontle Mashiyane’s murder were burnt by angry residents last night.
This is after Collen Hlongwane (36), an ex-convict together with Ntombikayise Ngwenya (40), and Thapelo Ngomane (25) appeared in the KaBokweni Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They abandoned their bail and face charges of kidnapping, rape, and murder.
WATCH | The house belonging to the traditional healer linked to Bontle Mashiyane’s murder, was set alight by community members in Mganduzweni this evening. pic.twitter.com/iL9rbRwaR8
— Mpumalanga Mirror (@MPMirror) May 23, 2022
They reported Mashiyane missing three weeks ago while playing with her friends. The family then discovered her body on Saturday, May 21.
In a video circulating on social media platforms, the accused allegedly confessed to have mutilated and sold her body parts.
Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison Moeti Mmusi has called for calm in the community.
“We would not like to see people taking the law into their own hands but to allow due processes in court to take place,” he said. The trio will appear in the Masoyi Periodical Court on June 24. Investigations continue.