Court hears ‘head in freezer’ man’s confession

2012-03-09 00:00

A DETAILED confession giving gruesome details of how a young man was decapitated and his genitals removed for muthi on December 26, 2010, was admitted as evidence at the trial of Roger Thusi (32) yesterday.

Testifying in his defence later, however, Thusi denied any knowlege about the frozen head of murder victim Loyiso Jokweni (18), which was recovered from the freezer at the home of Thusi’s girlfriend, Sonto Princess Ndlovu, at France township.

Thusi told Acting Judge M.T. Ncube and assessors that Ndlovu was “lying” when she testified that he used muthi, and that he had apologised to her in connection with the discovery of the human head and other items in the freezer on January 28 last year.

He said he did not know Mafakathini inyanga Mduduzi Manqele, who is named in the confession and who was arrested and charged with him for Jokweni’s murder. The charges against Manqele were later withdrawn due to lack of evidence.

In spite of the court’s ruling to the contrary, Thusi insisted in his evidence and during cross-examination by state advocate Vincent Mcanyane that he was unaware of the contents of the confession, which was taken down by Lieutenant-Colonel Carel Landman. He said Landman must have made up the story.

Landman read the confession, which he’d recorded, to the court.

In it Thusi described his relationship with Manqele from 2007. “I used to visit him for muthi so that I could have good luck in my business [selling chips and sweets].”

He said Manqele kept a “tokoloshe” and a 1,2-metre-long snake in a dungeon at his property at Mafakathini. There was another big snake at his premises at Merrivale, which was not recovered by the police. Thusi said the snakes would “lick people for good luck”.

On Christmas Day 2010, Manqele came to his house in his black Hummer and hooted outside at about 11.30 pm. Thusi said they drove to phase 4, France, and stopped.

Manqele told him: “Today is the day for us to find a human being to make us rich.”

After sitting in the vehicle for two-and-a-half hours the inyanga took muthi from a trouser pocket, put it into the palm of his hand and blew it saying: “Come out, come out.”

“After about the third blow a young boy, about 18 years old, appeared.”

The inyanga called to the boy, asking him where he could find liquor and the youth replied he could look for a tavern that was still open.

“As he got into the vehicle the inyanga grabbed him around the neck and ordered me to get out … and to grab the boy’s legs,”said Thusi.

He said the inyanga put muthi in the nostrils and mouth of the young boy who “fell asleep”.

He produced a green plastic dish and a 20 cm knife with a serrated blade, and asked where the path to the river was.

On reaching the river, the inyanga put the boy down with his head in the stream, took the knife from the dish and “cut the boy’s head off — completely off. The blood flowed into the stream,” he said.

According to the confession, Thusi removed the youth’s private parts, on the instructions of the inyanga. They were placed in the dish with the head. The rest of the body was pushed into the water.

Thusi said they took the items to the dungeon at Mafakathini where the inyanga took the head and “put smoke over it”.

He placed a R1 coin into each ear and told Thusi: “This is for you to get rich.”

After placing the head into a bag, the inyanga gave him R30 for his taxi fare. He took a taxi home and on arrival there put the contents of the bag into the freezer compartment.

The head was in the freezer until January 28 last year when police found it.

The case is proceeding.

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