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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.