Lungisani Magubane‚ 30‚ sobbed uncontrollably as he appeared with inyanga (traditional healer) Nino Mbatha‚ 32‚ Sithembiso Doctor Sithole‚ 31‚ who is also an inyanga‚ Lindokuhle Masondo‚ 32‚ and Khayelihle Lamula‚ 32‚ in the Estcourt Magistrate’s court.
One of the men implicated in a grisly case of suspected cannibalism broke down and cried on Monday as he appeared in a KwaZulu-Natal court with his fellow accused.
All five men‚ who tried to conceal their faces with hoodies or hats‚ face charges of murder‚ conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.
They were arrested after Mbatha startled police on Friday‚ August 18‚ by telling them that he was “forced to eat human flesh and he was tired of it”.
He named a neighbour‚ Mdumiseni Mchunu‚ with whom he had fought with earlier in the day as the alleged mastermind behind a flesh-eating plot.
His confession lifted the veil on a stomach-churning secret in the industrial town.
Inside the courtroom‚ Legal Aid lawyer Thandeka Hadebe told Magistrate Arthi Sukraj that her clients had decided not to apply for bail.