Man confessed to cutting off Gabisile’s head for muti

He remains in custody until his bail application is heard on 6 March 2018.


The man arrested for the murder of an albino girl and a 1-year-old baby confessed to police to beheading the body, this paper has learnt.

Sources who are privy to investigations said Thokozani Msibi who this week Tuesday made an appearance at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and Nkosikhona Ngwenya told cops where he had buried the remains of the albino girl and dumped the other baby.

Msibi, who is a traditional healer himself, then took cops to his operation room in the eMalahleni area where he took out the head of the child from a yellow bucket, already being used for muti, police sources said.

Man confessed to cutting Gabisile's head for muti

Msibi showing cops the head.

The killing of the girl has sent shock waves across the province – making national news and angering the entire community of eMalahleni.

On Tuesday this week outside the Down Town court police had to fire rubber bullets to control angry residents who were waiting at the exit of the court and demanding they hand Msibi over to them so that they kill him.

Man confessed to cutting Gabisile's head for muti

Angry residents protest outside court.

Angry residents retaliated, throwing stones and other objects at cops, saying cops were unfair in shooting them and not letting out the “devil” for them to kill.

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Man confessed to cutting Gabisile's head for muti

Accused: Thokozani Msibi.

Msibi (32) was arrested on Tuesday night last week ( 20 Feb) and led cops to the areas where he had allegedly buried Gabisile’s mutilated body and dumped Nkosikhona’s.

Police sources say Nkosikhona, whose body had not been cut of any part, was just found dumped but Gabisile’s badly mutilated and body had been buried in a shallow grave near the highway towards Tshwane.

Three other suspects have now been arrested in connection with the murder and are believed to have been part of a group of gunmen who came to Gabisile’s home in the Hlalanikahle township of Kwa-Guqa on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018, kidnapping them at gun-point while they were asleep with their moms.

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The men had apparently mistaken Nkosikhona for another baby living in the same house who also has albinism.

Nkosikhona was Gabisile’s nephew and police sources have described how inside Msibi’s operation room they found buckets full of muti, substances and other things that appeared to be body parts.

Msibi will return to court on 6 March 2018.

The three will join him and all men face charges of murder and two counts of kidnapping.

(edited by ZK)

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