“People, where’s your humanity?” Police react to body parts scourge

ABUSED: Xolani Mkhize whose corpse was violated by muti thugs. PICTURE Supplied

An amount of R20 000 is being offered by the cops to anyone with information.

Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has asked the whereabouts of our humanity as people, killing each other for body parts.

Zuma reacts as people living with albinism in the Mpumalanga province now live in fear for their lives following the murder of 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane of eMalahleni and the violation of the corpse of Xolani Mkhize from Mbombela.

Mkhize has been suffering from cancer and died in the first week of March 2018 but after being buried at the Tekwane North cemetery, thugs came and cut off parts from it.

Legs and hands were chopped off and will apparently be used for muti.

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Zuma has described these acts as “heartless” as well as “barbaric and evil”.

These gruesome acts,” Zuma said, “are a violation of the basic human right to life and are unethical, unacceptable and disgusting.

“Attacking human beings is tantamount to attacking the state and its consequences are dire,” he warned.

“We will not hesitate to act against anyone threatening or putting others’ lives at peril, without fear, favour or prejudice, said the provincial commissioner.

Five people have since been arrested for the murder of Gabisile who was kidnapped from her home on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018.

In the Mkhize matter, the police are offering a reward of R20 000 and community members should call082 469 1478 or 076 475 7583 if they have any information about the suspects who “violated the grave”.

In separate incidents, the police have since arrested –

– Three suspected who were found with the remains of a 65-year-old woman at Clewer near eMalahleni. But one of them collapsed and died while in police custody in the area and the cops are investigating the cause of death.

– Six men, among them clergy men and traditional healers, who have been handed down a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder a 6-year-old girl in Malelane.

(edited by MLM)

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