A man entered a police station holding a human leg and told police “I’m tired of eating human flesh,” a court heard yesterday. It is said that Nino Mbatha, 33, handed part of a human leg and a hand to a police station.
More remains were discovered in a nearby house before the officers were taken to the mutilated body of a woman under rocks in Estcourt, South Africa.
Mbatha, Lungisani Magubane, 31, and Khayelihle Lamula, 33, were charged with the murder of 24-year-old mother Zanele Hlatshwayo.
Mbatha, who is also said to be a traditional healer, has also been accused of “manipulating human tissue”.
Prosecutors say that Magubane and Lamula went to Mbatha in search of medicine to have good luck.
Mbatha told them that the ancestors insisted that the blood should be shed.
Later it was reported that Lamula found Zanele drunk and she agreed to get into his car.
The Superior Court of Pietermaritzburg heard that he then picked up Magubane and Mbatha and took them all to a secluded place where Mbatha killed the mother and mocked parts of his body.
The three suspects have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The woman’s body was found in August 2017 after one of the suspects took members of the community and the police to where he was hiding.
The police spokeswoman, Colonel Thembeka Mbheke, said the suspects were arrested after Mbatha entered the Estcourt station with the human leg.
She said: “When they interrogated him, he produced part of a human leg and a hand. “Additional investigations led the police to a house where they found an unpleasant smell and more human remains were found.
“A second suspect was also arrested in Estcourt and a third in the Amangwe area. More parts of the body were found. ”
A fourth suspect, Sithembiso Sithole, 31, was arrested and charged, but allegedly committed suicide pending trial.
The trial continues