Healer’s house sifted for clues

2011-02-04 00:00

A PROVINCIAL team of forensic investigators spent hours gathering evidence at the house of traditional healer Mduduzi Manqele in Mafakathini in Vulindlela yesterday.

Manqele and Roger Thusi of France township were arrested on Friday last week after they were implicated in the murder of an 18-year-old boy, Loyiso Jokweni.

Jokweni’s severed head was allegedly found in Thusi’s freezer.

Thusi, who was expected to reach a plea bargain with the state on Wednesday, has allegedly changed his mind.

Hundreds of community members gathered outside Manqele’s home in anticipation of what the police might find.

The police had to secure the area to keep away the community members, some of whom insisted they have a right to view first-hand what the police find at the house.

Others whose view of the house was obstructed by the high fence climbed the nearby hills or moved across the valley to get a better view.

Investigators began their examination of the scene at around 1 pm; at 3 pm community members were still at the scene waiting for word on what had been found.

Many were hopeful that the police would find something conclusive. “If they find something in that house, the community would be rid of this man forever as he deserves to rot in jail,” said one of the community members.

Vincent Mdunge, provincial spokesperson of the SA Police Force, said the investigators had gathered evidence that would help in DNA analysis and in the reconstruction of the alleged crime.

“At this stage we cannot reveal the kind of evidence that has been found because of the sensitivity of the case.”

Mdunge appealed to the community not to take the law into their own hands and interfere with the crime scene because that would affect the case the police are trying to build.

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