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

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.

SEE ALSO: Accused in Gabisile’s murder decides not to apply for bail

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.

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Accused in Gabisile’s murder decides not to apply for bail

Scores of people sang and danced outside court as Thokozani Msibi’s three co-accused appeared this week (20 Mar).

One of the four men accused of murdering Gabisile Shabane and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya will not apply for bail.

His lawyer told the court thatBrilliant Mkhize fears for his life and decided therefore not to apply for bail.

Two weeks ago traditional healer Thokozani Msibi made an appearance at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court and was denied bail by the court.

His three co-accused who were arrested soon afterwards made their appearance on Tuesday this week amid protests outside court and had their case postponed by MagistrateDarleen Venter to 27 March 2018 for formal bail application.

NowThemba Thubane and Knowledge Mhlanga are expected in court on the 27 March where they will apply for their bail.

Gabisile (13) and Nkosikhona will be buried the coming weekend after cops finished conducting DNA tests.

The body parts of Gabisile, who was an albino, were found missing and had allegedly been used for muti.

SEE ALSO: Traditional healer claims he was forced to confess to beheading Gabisile

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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.

SEE ALSO: Mashilo wants to see traditional healers over murder of albino girl, baby

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.

SEE ALSO: Ntshalintshali hails cops who nailed man in Gabisile’s murder

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.

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Suspect nailed for murder of Gabisile Shabane to apply for bail

He made a brief appearance before the eMalahleni Magistrates Court this week Wednesday.

The 32-year-old man up for the murder of Gabisile Shabane and1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya will apply for bail when he returns to court next week.

Sources say his lawyer made indications this week that when Thokozani Msibi appears again at the Down Town court they will apply for bail.

It is expected the state will oppose Msibi on the grounds that cops are still investigating and his release on bail may hamper investigations.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leornard Hlathi said investigations “regarding further suspects is underway”.

“The investigation is underway as it is believed the arrested suspect did not carry the evil act alone,” Hlathi said.

SEE ALSO: Kidnapping of kids with albinism on the rise – mayor

Msibi, who was arrested on Tuesday night, made a brief appearance on Wednesday afternoon and will return on 26 February 2018 for formal bail application.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

The two children, 13-year-old Gabisile and1-year-old Nkosikhona, were kidnapped on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were sleeping with their moms at gun-point.

The men broke the dining room window of their home in the Hlalanikahle section of the Kwa-Guqa township, pointing a gun at their parents before disappearing with them.

RELATED: Gabisile Shabane had just started secondary school

Hlathi said the bodies of the kids were found decomposed near the N4 towards Tshwane and DNA testing is underway to determine they truly are those of Gabisile and Nkosikhona.

Meanwhile, Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane and Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma will visit the family of the kids the coming weekend.

“We would like to thank the community for working hand in hand with the police as it led to the arrest of the suspect and the discovery of the bodies,” Zuma said.

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‘Gabisile had only started secondary school’ – principal

The story of the kidnapping of the child is an emotional one and everyone prays she is not found murdered by the men.

The eMalahleni girl who was kidnapped on 28 January 2018 while asleep with her mom had just started secondary school, the school principal said.

Gabisile Shabane (13) had only been at the Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School in the eMalahleni township of Kwa-Guqa for 8 days.

She had just started her Grade 8 before the ordeal befell her and a Parliamentary committee is shocked at her abduction.

The school principal spoke to the Parliamentary committee while it was busy with oversight visits in the province.

SEE ALSO: Witbank mom cries safety of kidnapped daughter

ALSO RELATED: Mayor: ‘Kidnapping of kids with albinism rising in eMalahleni’

“Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education learnt with shock of the abduction of a young learner. The committee was busy with its week-long oversight visit to schools in the province when it was informed by the acting school principal, Mr T Nkosi, that a 13-year-old girl who had only been in the school for eight days and who has albinism, was abducted in the early hours of Sunday morning from the family home,” committee chairwoman Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement on Friday morning this week (2 Feb).

The three men who entered the house of Gabisile’s 50-year-old mom in the Hlalanikahle township on Sunday night after breaking a front window to the dining room and pointing a gun at her.

They mistakenly took a 15-month-old baby, which they thought was another baby who also has albinism and lives in the same family. Both children are still missing.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Kidnapped 15-month-old Nkosinathi Ngwenya

“This is criminal,” Gina charged.

“It is ridiculous that in this day and age people with albinism are not safe.

We call on the community to stand together to assist in finding these children. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety of all children and learners. Children have the right to safety and security, she said.

“We will keep these children and families in our prayers, she added.

The principal told the committee that the school is doing everything in its power to assist the family during this difficult time.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 372 2195, 082 600 8532, 073 995 7655 or 08600 10 111.

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