Friday, August 25, 2017

5 men accused of cannibalism cause public outcry in South Africa


A case of cannibalism involving traditional healers and their potential patients on Thursday caused public outcry in South Africa.
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Five men, who allegedly raped and killed a woman and then ate her body parts, appeared in the Estcourt Magistrates’ Court in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province on charges of murder and conspiracy.
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The men, among them two traditional healers, were arrested after one of them last week walked into a police station, holding a human leg and hand, saying he was “tired of eating human flesh,” local newspaper The Witness reported.
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Local ward councillor, Mthembeni Majola, later told journalists that about 300 residents confessed during a community meeting to eating human flesh given to them by one of the traditional healers.
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Hundreds of people gathered in front of the court in Estcourt in outrage over the alleged cannibalism and had to be prevented by police from storming the building.
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Eating human flesh is not a criminal offence in South Africa, but the national health act forbids possession of human tissue unless authorised, as well as the desecration or mutilation of corpses.

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