Escourt, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. A suspected cannibal has turned himself in to South Africa police under bizarre circumstances. The man, who is described by local media in South Africa as a ‘traditional healer’, reportedly walked into Escourt police station to hand over human body parts – a leg and a hand – while telling officers: ‘I’m tired of eating human flesh.’ Police say the man confessed to the horrendous crime before leading them to a home in the town of Estcourt where they found more human remains. The man led detectives to a house in Rensburgdrift, where they were confronted with more remains. The police discovered eight ears in a pot where one man was staying.
South Africa police allege that the man molested, murdered, dismembered and even possibly ate several women. He also implicated three other men in his crimes. All four men aged 22, 29, 31 and 32 years old appeared in the Estcourt Magistrate’s court yesterday charged with murder. A fourth man was also charged with possessing human flesh.
Councillor Mthembeni Majola said he fears more victims will be discovered:
‘The cannibals showed the hidden parts of the body to the police, we had to use the machine to move the stones under which the remains were laid. In addition, there was a human body in the men’s house
There was a community meeting because I wanted to find out their position on this and the extent of the involvement of the accused. They came from our ranks. Their families confessed that they knew about the killings. When the police were following this matter they discovered eight ears in a pot where one man was staying. That means there is much more to this.’
Mthembeni Majola added that people whose relatives had disappeared were now urged to come forward.
Police spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said:
‘The three suspects are alleged to have murdered a woman and then cut her body up. Allegations are that some consumed some of her flesh while some of her body parts were shared with the fourth suspect in Amangwe. Human remains were found at one crime scene in Estcourt and another crime scene at Amangwe. At this time only one person is suspected of having been killed and her identity is as yet unknown.’
NPA spokesman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that the four suspects were remanded in custody.
“The four will appear again next week when they are expected to apply for bail,” Ramkisson-Kara said.