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Hawks probe murder of Marikana sangoma

The Hawks have taken over the investigation into the murder of a sangoma who was killed execution style.

Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine carried traditional weapons as they demonstrated, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - The Hawks have now taken over the investigation into the murder of a sangoma who was due to testify at the Marikana inquiry.

Traditional healer, Alton Joja was shot execution style at his home in the Eastern Cape last week.

While Eastern Cape police say they have yet to make any arrests in connecting with the 69-year-old's murder, Eyewitness News has learnt the Hawks have taken over the investigation.

Police are unwilling to speculate on the motive for the killings but have called on the local community to help find those responsible.

Joja is believed to be the sangoma who supplied miners with muti to make them bulletproof during their standoff with police in August.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the deaths of 44 people during the illegal strike at the mine.

Miners were demanding a monthly salary of R12,500 at the time.