Head and body parts of murdered children found

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Alex Rose-Innes

In the end, allegations that people suffering from albinism are targeted in Mpumalanga for their body parts seem to be true despite traditional  healers denying such allegations vehemently.

At the home of a traditional healer, Thokozani Msibi  in Witbank in the province, what was left of two innocent children, one suffering from the skin disease and her 2-year old baby brother, horrified SAPS members unearthed a head and certain body parts.

State prosecutor Fanie Mavundla told the court police found the parts at Empumelelweni section, where Msibi ran his healing business. Mavundla was opposing bail for Msibi who appeared with his co-accused Brilliant Mkhize. He said Msibi also showed the police a shallow grave in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, where the body of a 14-year-old girl with albinism, Gabisile Shabane, was found buried last month.

“Our witness said he was there when Gabisile was chopped off,” said Mavundla, which led to Gabisile’s mother Annah Shabane, who was sitting in the public gallery, sobbing loudly.

“That witness said he carried that girl on his back. The accused [Msibi] 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 a girl, but the traditional healer refused. That traditional healer is also a State witness.”