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Itireleng residents ‘unashamed’ of mob justice murder

Community members said they had “no regrets” after setting a woman on fire and watching her burn to death.

FILE: Rubble that is left following the murder of a woman accused of witchcraft and murder in Itireleng. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents who claimed to be involved in the murder of a woman in the Itireleng informal settlement at the weekend, on Tuesday told Eyewitness News (EWN) they had "no regrets" after setting her on fire and watching her burn to death.

Several locals, who refused to be named, said they killed the woman and attacked a man because they believed the pair was involved in the muti-killing of an eight-year-old boy last month.

Police have arrested three people linked to public violence in the area, but have not made any arrests linked to the murder.

One resident told EWN she watched the murder over the weekend and insisted she was " not ashamed".

Angry community members said they were frustrated that the police had made no arrests in connection with the murder of an eight-year-old boy two weeks ago and took the matter into their own hands.

They said the woman and a man were attacked in the mob justice incident because they believe the pair murdered he boy in a ritual linked to witchcraft.

However the boy's father, who wants to remain anonymous, has rubbished the claims, saying he died after being shocked by live wire.

"I'm sad because nothing can bring my son back."

Police are still investigating the eight-year-old's death and the woman's murder.