A Silobela family is refusing to bury a slain relative Mthandazo Moyo (52), demanding 30 herd of cattle from Bhebhe family of a man accused of having killed him.
Moyo of Simana Village under Chief Malisa, was a teacher at Simana Primary School, was allegedly killed by Thobelani Bhebhe following a misunderstanding over a woman.
Bhebhe is now in remand prison and relatives of his alleged victim are now reportedly holding on to the body, demanding 30 beasts upfront.
Local traditional leaders are now presiding over the negotiations to facilitate the burial of Moyo.
Last year around this month the then Home Affairs deputy minister told Senate that machete-wielding gangsters committed 27 murders in Silobela alone.
“Illegal artisanal miners are not only committing violent crimes such as murder, robbery, rape and assault, but they are also causing serious environmental degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity as well as contamination of soil, ground and surface water caused by chemicals emitted from illegal mining activities,” Madiro the deputy minister said.