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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Mpumalanga police arrest man while trying to sell a white woman’s breast and hand to an Acornhoek medicine-man
June 21 2009 -- Willem Pelser of Rapport, the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, writes from Nelspruit that police have arrested an unidentified 48-year-old man from Acornhoek while he was allegedly trying to peddle carved up body parts of an unknown white female to a traditional healer. One hand offered for sale had ‘immaculately-manicured finger-nails’.
Busbuckridge Police Captain Leonard Hlathi said police forensic experts ‘strongly suspect that this woman may have been murdered, and that she had died only recently -- as the body parts offered for sale were still 'in good condition'.
He issued an urgent call for members of the public who are missing a relative in South Africa, to call him at telephone South Africa (31) (0) 82 462 0804 with all the details.
Immaculately-manicured finger nails:
The traditional healer kept the man talking after he’d ontacted the police. The man had shown up at his muti-shop with a white woman's body parts. The organised crime unit of Mpumalanga province quickly showed up to arrest the muti-salesman.
- Items offered for sale were a woman's breast and one hand with 'immaculately-manicured finger nails", Hlathi said. The suspect allegedly told the muti-doctor and the police that he'd ‘stolen the body parts from a mortuary” - however police strongly believe that the woman was killed for this purpose as the body parts were ‘still fresh’.
Hlathi said the body 'may have been buried without being identified by her next of kin, and they may not be aware of her death.'
The woman's organs were taken to the Acornhoek government mortuary for forensic examination, and the police is continuing to investigate the case, with the man remaining in custody and being closely questioned.
- He is scheduled to appear in the Acornhoek magistrate's court for his arraignment.
- Hlathi has issued a public call for people who miss a family member, to contact him at telephone South Africa (31) (0) 82 462 0804.http://jv.news24.com/Rapport/Suid-Afrika/0,,752-2460_2531627,00.html
Very few public prosecutions of muti-killings:
Captain Hlathi is one of only a handful of police officers in South Africa who has actually managed to obtain successful prosecutions of muti-killers. And it’s nearly impossible to get convictions for the witchdoctors due to the very real fears of witchcraft among African police and public prosecutors.
However on August 20, 2008, Hlathi reported read his report on the SA Police Service website that three men, arrested for for selling traditional medicine harvested from a living human being in Bushbuckridge, Limpopo province, were actually jailed for it: a highly unusual event…
Left to right: Convicted for muti-killings: South African restaurant-owner Floyd Mokoena, 58, son Toto Mokoena, 33, and family friend Justice Mjojo Ndubane, 28, were found guilty and jailed by the Bushbuckridge Magistrates' Court for the muti-murder of Floyd's nephew Clarence Brown on 15 August 2008. The testimony was that the men had slaughtered Brown alive for body parts on 23 February 2008 on behest of a witchdoctor which made 'lucky potions' out of this human flesh for them. However, the witchdoctor was not charged.
Hlathi reported that on 15 August 2008, these three suspects were arrested by his team and convicted by the Bushbuckridge Magistrates' Court. Their testimony was that Floyd told his son that he desperately needed human body parts for goodluck medicine, or as he put it, 'to make his four businesses quickly churn big bucks'.
Four recent white victims of muti killings:
Until just recently, there were very few reported incidents where white residents of South Africa had been killed to have their body parts ‘harvested’ for the use in traditional medicine.
- However, on May 9 2009, a self-admitted African witchdoctor, 25, was actually arrested and charged for the live-slaughter of two Afrikaner farmers in the Free State: Jan van Wyk, 82 and Basie Venter, 65, whose penises were sliced off before they were killed at their farms Vierfontein, in Viljoenskroon. A Lesotho citizen was arrested for the crime:
- African witchdoctor charged with muti-murders of two white farmers and
- 2009-04-01 Two farmers killed for ‘muti’ in Free State .
Lion-farmer Van Wyk's mutilated body was found in the dining room of his homestead. ouse. One of the suspected murder weapons and beads covered in blood were found buried in the fields next to a lion camp on Venter’s homestead – another clear indication that witchcraft had been involved. Van Wyk, a retired policeman who only alone stayed on his farm over the weekends, was allegedly lured outside where he was bashed over the head with a shovel, dragged inside the homestead while still alive -- and then mutilated. There seems little doubt that the same Lesotho man was also involved in the murder of Basie Venter. Venter's widow Mary, 68, had witnessed the attack around 21:15 on Monday through a window in the house. Kroonstad police spokesman Maselela Langa confirmed these murders. He said the 25-year-old man, a Lesotho citizen, appeared in the Viljoenskroon Magistrate's Court. He was not named and the man provided no reason for the murders. Nothing was robbed except the body parts. see
Hate-slogans against Afrikaners painted on walls with women’s blood:
According to forensic evidence, the Lotter mother and daughter had died excruciatingly painful deaths: they were first tortured by being stabbed with broken glass bottles into their vaginas.
One of the women also had her breasts cut off while still alive – and the women’s blood, police forensic experts found, had then been used to paint anti-Afrikaner hate slogans on the walls of their homestead. They were then allegedly killed by strangulation – the women were hanged.
Afrikaner police officers who investigated this horrific slaughter and had to gather forensic evidence, were severely traumatised and required trauma counselling. And, despite the fact that the Lotter homestead was only one block away from the police station, no-one responded to the screams from these women while they were being slowly tortured to death. The local farm community protested outside the heavily-guarded law court of Odendaalsrust by holding a re-enactment of the women’s torture-deaths (picture)
- Cruel torture-murders of two Afrikaans women was muti-harvesting: Read the original story in Afrikaans
MUTI-MURDERS – A CRUEL PHENOMENON: