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

(edited by MLM)

Send tips to [email protected]

“I was forced to confess to Gabisile’s murder” – Msibi

The court heard the man carried the albino girl on his back before she was chopped into pieces for muti.


The traditional healer in the killing of 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya has come back to strike at cops, accusing them of forcing a confession out of him.

During an emotional bail application at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court on Tuesday (6 Mar) this week the state heard how Thokozani Msibi was forced to confess to beheading Gabisile’s head.

The girl’s head and other body parts were found by cops at Msibi’s operating room in the eMpumelelweni township of eMalahleni during a confession and Msibi had led them to where he had buried the girl in a shallow grave next to the highway towards Tshwane.

"I was forced to confess to Gabisile's murder" - Msibi

Through his lawyer Zamo Sibisi, Msibi told Magistrate Darleen Venter that the police tortured him and forced him to make statements during the arrest on 20 February 2018.

“The accused,” Msibi’s lawyer told the court, “stated that whatever statements or pointing out he made was not done voluntarily,” said Sibisi.

But state prosecutor Fanie Mavundla said police found the body parts of Gabisile at the traditional healer’s operating business and he also showed the police a shallow grave in Cullinan, east of Tshwane, where the dismembered body of the albino girl had been buried.

“Our witness said he was there when Gabisile’s head was chopped off,” said Mavundla, opposing bail for Msibi.

SEE HERE: Man confessed to cutting off Gabisile’s head for Muti

“The witness said he carried that girl on his back. He then went to a traditional healer in Swaziland and asked him to cleanse him of bad luck. He was going to pay that traditional healer with a vagina of the girl, but the traditional healer refused. That traditional healer is also a State witness,” Mavundla told the fully packed court in Down Town.

Annah Shabane, mother of Gabisile, hearing the grisly details of how her daughter was murdered, began crying loudly in court.

Msibi and three others are facing charges of murder and two counts of kidnapping after they allegedly went to Gabisile’s home on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018, breaking a dinning room window and kidnapping the two children while they were asleep with their moms.

Nkosikhona, who had apparently been mistaken for another albino toddler who lived in the Shabane house in the Hlalanikahle township of eMalahleni, was then dumped hear the N4 towards Tshwane.

Families of both children could not hold tears in court, crying loudly.

"I was forced to confess to Gabisile's murder" - Msibi

Scores protested outside court. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

Msibi’s co-accused Mthokozisi Mkhize will appear separately on 13 March 2018 for bail application.

His application could not be dealt with on Tuesday as he still has to appoint a lawyer.

Msibi’s lawyer said the court has a very weak case against him as most of the evidence was attained from him and nowhere else.

The court heard that Msibi and two others wanted the body parts in order to grow their businesses. A fourth suspect, a traditional healer, was also arrested in Swaziland last week.

The court denied Msibi bail.

(edited by MLM)

Send tips to [email protected]

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.

(edited by ZK)

Send tips to [email protected]

Mashilo wants meeting with sangomas after cruel murder of Witbank children

Government and ANC leaders met the family on Saturday.


Nkangala ANC leader Speedy Mashilo wants “a special meeting” with traditional healers after two children were kidnapped and killed, possibly for their body parts, to be used for muti.

Mashilo formed part of government and ANC leaders who came to the Shabane family on Saturday morning to mourn the death of Gabisile Shabane (13) and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

“We need a special meeting with traditional healers,” Mashilo told the family.

“All traditional healers,” he said.

“Because the traditional healers are the people that we must talk to. A big meeting with them,” Mashilo said.

He told the family that as ANC they do not believe that what happened there “was planned by God”.

“That is for pastors. We in the ANC believe there is criminal activity here. That’s all. And we will lead and show we can solve these social ills,” he said.

MEC of Safety and Security Pat Ngomane as well as Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma also visited to the bereaved family in the Kwa-Guqa section of Hlalanikahle in eMalahleni.

Ngomane promised the cops will do everything in their power to bring to book all those involved in the murder of the children.

He said as the Safety and Security department they will be very close to the family to assist the process of laying the two kids to rest.

“What happened to this family can happen to anybody,” Ngomane said.

Gabisile, who lived with albinism, and Nkosikhona were kidnapped on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were asleep with their moms.

Three unknown men broke the dinning room window, pointing a gun at the parents of the children before disappearing with them.

They were found dead a week ago on the N4 towards Tshwane and one man, a 31-year-old Thokozani Msibi, arrested.

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

(edited by MLM)

Send tips to [email protected]

Ntshalintshali hails cops who nailed suspected killer of Gabisile

He was arrested on Tuesday night this week and made a brief appearance.


eMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has commended the cops who nailed the man suspected of kidnapping and killing 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

The decomposed bodies of the two kids were found on the N4 towards Tshwane following their kidnapping on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were asleep with their moms at their home of Hlalanikahle township, Kwa-Guqa.

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

“The police officers deserve kudos,” Ntshalintshali said.

“The police officers who worked under tremendous pressure, and for long hours searching for the three suspects, have restored the community’s trust and confidence in the police system,” she said on Thursday.

“The arrest, while it will not bring back the two children, will go a long way to ease the pain of the family and the community.

Gabisile Shabane.

“At least we now know who was behind the dreadful deed that was meted out at the two children,” the mayor said.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Nkosikhona Ngwenya.

She said they hope the courts will “speed up the wheels of justice”.

RELATED: Man in murder of Gabisile Shabane to apply for bail

Police spokesman Bridagier Leonard Hlathi said investigations are continuing as they believe the suspect, 32-year-old Thokozani Msibi, did not do ” the evil act alone”.

He said the decomposed bodies will undergo DNA test to determine whether they truly are those of the kids.

Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma thanked the community members who assisted the cops with information, leading to the arrest of Msibi and the discover of the bodies.

The children were sleeping with their moms on the night when unknown men broke the dining room window, pointing a gun at their parents and disappearing with them into the night.

Msibi will be back at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court on 26 February 2018 for a formal bail application.

Ntshalintshali said: “This time we expect the wheels of justice to turn fast and to grind effectively”.

She called on community members who have been hurt and disgusted by the murders of the kids to exercise “maximum restraint” and allow law enforcement as well as the judiciary space to execute their duties without interference.

“God answered our prayers by giving police the necessary wisdom to crack this case and we hope that the judiciary will apply justice,” she said.

(edited by MLM)

Send tips to [email protected]