Organs found

2017-07-19 06:02

The Clocolan police have arrested four traditional healers in connection with the trade in human organs. The first arrest occurred on Thursday (13/07) when the police uncovered a human skull and tongue hidden at the suspect’s house.

Three of the suspects are men from Lesotho and one a South African woman. The suspects are Mpho Mokhethi (32), Moabe Ramoabe (32), Khotso Monyobo (32) and Mamodiehi Moketetsa (32). They briefly appeared in the Clocolan Magistrate’s Court on Monday (17/07).

Capt. Phumelelo Dhlamini, cluster police spokesperson, says the suspects face charges of violation of graves and possession of human organs, with additional charges expected to be instituted pending further investigation. He says the state has re­scheduled the matter for next Monday (24/07), while the suspects remain in custody.

Dhlamini says Ramoabe, Monyobo and Moketetsa were arrested following intensive investigation after the police arrested the first culprit, Mokhethi. He says the police had received a tip-off from a reliable informant about human body parts hidden at a certain house in Hlohlolwane.

Dhlamini says the skull was dug up next to the door and the tongue was found inside Mokhethi’s consulting room.

He says the tongue was uncovered in a plastic container, adding that both body parts were confiscated upon the arrest of Mokhethi.

It has been taken to the Bethlehem forensics, where tests will be done to determine the origin of the body parts.

Dhlamini says charges of violation of graves was added following an incident reported on 3 June 2017, after a bereaved family discovered that the grave of their loved one had been tampered with.

Body parts of the deceased were also missing.

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