SABC News - KZN body harvesting suspects back in court:Thursday 12 October 2017

KZN body harvesting suspects back in court

Thursday 12 October 2017 10:30

Fanele Mhlongo

Seven suspects are on Thursday expected to appear in the Estcourt Magistrate's Court in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on charges of eating human flesh.

The suspects were arrested in August after one of them confessed to police.

Two of the accused are said to be traditional healers.  

The story broke in August when alleged traditional healer Nino Mbatha walked into the Estcourt police station to report that he was in possession of body parts and was tired of eating human flesh.

Police investigations led to the arrest of the other suspects. The accused are Nino Mbatha‚ Lungisani Magubane‚ Sithembiso Doctor Sithole‚ Lindokuhle Masondo‚ Khayelihle Lamula‚ Wiseman Madlala and Sazi Ndlovu.

They are all aged between 28 and 32 years. They face two charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

At their previous court appearance, they abandoned their bail application. Hundreds of community members were singing and chanting slogans outside court demanding to see the suspects.

Amongst them were traditional healers who said authentic traditional healers did not use body parts. One of the suspects is expected to plead guilty.

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