Hundreds of people in a South African town have allegedly confessed to consuming human flesh after four men appeared in court on charges of cannibalism.
The case gained world-wide attention after three alleged cannibals, accused of murder and possession of human organs and tissue, appeared at the Magistrate’s Court, while a fourth man also faces similar charges.
The four suspects, Nino Mbatha 32, Lindokhule Masondo, 32, Sthembiso Sithole, 31, and 30-year-old and Lungisani Magubane, were arrested on charges of cannibalism, including murder and possession of human body parts, after one of them walked into the police station saying he was sick of eating human flesh and also produced a part of a human leg and a hand as proof.
This man then led the police to a house in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, where they found more human remains.
"It is alleged that the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed."
"The allegations by the suspect are that they would rape and kill the victims before they could cut them into pieces and eat their parts," informed the police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.
One of the accused, Mbatha, is believed to be a nyanga, a traditional healer, more commonly known as a witch doctor.
The local councilor, Mthembeni Majola held a meeting at the Esigodlweni community hall near Estcourt, following the court appearance of the four accused. According to News 24, 300 of the 700 people who attended the meeting confessed to knowingly consuming the human flesh that the witch doctor handed them.
Gory as it may sound, Majola said, “This has happened within our community. Families, people we know and live with have now confessed to eating this woman.”
The alleged cannibals were taken into police custody following their court appearance. Their bail hearing is due on the 28th of this month.
Witch doctors in several regions of South Africa are known to use human body parts and convince others they can be used to treat them for various health problems.
A rise in the number of attacks on Albinos has been observed in Tanzania, as their limbs and bodies are believed to bring wealth and good fortune.
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