Three men have confessed to raping, killing, cutting and eating the body parts of their female victims.
One of the men reportedly walked to some policemen, saying he was “tired if eating human flesh”.
The queer confession led to his being questioned, after which he showed the policemen a human leg and a hand he had been eating.
According to South Africa’s Escort Cops spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, the suspect was led to his house in the Rensburgdrift area in Estcourt, where police were met with a foul smell. More human remains were found in the house.
“A second suspect was also arrested in Estcourt. A third suspect, who is a Sangoma, was arrested in Amangwe area where more body parts were found.
“It is alleged that the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then ate. The allegations by the suspect are that they would rape and kill the victims before they could cut them into pieces and eat their parts,” Mbhele told South Africa media, News24.
She said police were still investigating if there are other people who had died at the hands of the suspects.
“We urge those who have family relatives missing to come forward so that samples can be taken to perform DNA tests,” she said.
A source said there were suspicions that the three may have violated graves as well.
“They face rape, murder and charges relating to possession of human tissue,” said Mbhele.
A Ward councillor in the community, Mthembeni Majola, said he was shocked when one of the suspects led community members and police to where he had buried the body of a woman.
“It was buried under big rocks and we had to call a TLB machine to remove the rocks. They showed us the body parts in one of the houses. They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots. Apparently maggots collect money for them.”
He said a community meeting had been called for today.
“There had been a lot of rumours that foreign nationals were the ones killing people. None of those arrested is a foreign national. As community members we need to discuss how we are going to deal with this. We have also called izinyanga to the meeting. They need to distance themselves from this,” he said.
Three suspects are expected to appear in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court on Monday for being in possession of human remains.