A most gruesome exorcism murder you haven’t heard of

This may be the most horrific account of a murder, let alone a botched exorcism, that I have ever heard of. While the four defendants were found guilty, they are free on bail. Someone may need to explain to me how human beings who could do such a gruesome thing could be allowed to walk among society and take care of their children.

Because this is South Africa, you may not have heard of this but we probably should have. In this article, we learn that four women were found guilty of the murder of 15 year old Sinethemba Dlamini in 2012. Fundiswa Faku, 29, Lindela Jalubane, 38, her daughter, Nokubonga Jalubane, 18, Nonhlanhla Mdletshe, 21, and a 15-year-old minor all pleaded not guilty. No bail has been set as they await sentencing. They are free until then. Faku apparently did the actual killing.

The women were reportedly related to Dlamini (as niece and cousin) and believed she was possessed by demons. They restrained and beat her, trying to extract some “code” from her to release the demons, eventually manually disemboweling her. The account is incredibly difficult to read. If you have a strong constitution, you can read it here.

Demon possession did not wash as a defense, but there is something insane about the violence of this act and the decision that these woman are fit to continue to take part in society. Why that is, I can’t quite comprehend. The judgments against them have been lenient because they are mothers or students, and one is a minor. As if those are acceptable reasons.

What role strong religious belief played is also unclear. Therefore, questions remain from us faraway observers — could this have been prevented by education or less religious fervor? Is there something deeply wrong with the culture in which these women were embedded that led to this crime and could lead to future like-crimes? Is the potential for additional exorcism murders a continued reality? I can’t even…

  7 comments for “A most gruesome exorcism murder you haven’t heard of

  1. November 10, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    One woman was spared a harsh sentence because she volunteered for some kind of hospice. I can’t think of a more dangerous person to be taking care of the dying.

    Unbelievable.

  2. November 10, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    In a bizarre twist, the father of the victim has now married one of his daughter’s murderer. I don’t understand how someone can be so warped.

    http://beta.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/man-weds-daughters-murder-accused-1508595

  3. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    November 10, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    And where did that ‘demon’ go after the girl was killed? Seriously, religious nutjobs don’t even think their crazy beliefs through at all. Pure poison.

  4. Anna
    November 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    I can’t believe it?! That has got to be the weirdest screwed in the head backstabbing father I’ve ever seen. What the hell is wrong with all of them?

  5. Dan Beach
    November 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    The Authorities should get someone official looking to proclaim, 1 by 1 that the demon has moved into them and let “nature” take it’s course.

  6. Hiram
    November 11, 2015 at 2:17 AM

    Education has certainly not reached these parts of the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if this had to do with blind religious faith as well. This seems like ritualized and rationalized violence that has been part of tradition for such societies for centuries. They don’t even think they are guilty, after committing such a horrific crime. Some sort of folie a deux. Here is a similar incident from India: http://www.tehelka.com/2015/10/shocking-minor-boy-beheaded-in-human-sacrifice-ritual-in-andhra-pradesh/?singlepage=1 . Here the enraged locals did their own bit to make the affair even more gruesome. I wonder if that story has already been published here.

  7. Glenn
    January 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    It is important to get plenty of exorcise.

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