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Head in freezer triggers rampage

2011-01-31 12:03

Pietermaritzburg - The arrest of a traditional healer in Mafakathini linked to the murder of Loyiso Jokweni, 18, whose head was discovered in a freezer at a house in the France township on Friday, triggered a vigilante rampage during which the community looted and vandalised the healer’s home and shops.

On Friday, police arrested a 30-year-old man and took his girlfriend in for questioning after Jokweni’s head was allegedly found in a freezer in their home in France.

Jokweni’s headless body was found on January 17. The youth, from Inanda, had been visiting his sister.

His family reported him missing on December 28 after he had failed to return to his sister’s house on Christmas Day. The teen had allegedly left with three boys from the area.

The boys allegedly fled the area after being questioned by the Jokweni family on his whereabouts.

Frozen head


Jokweni’s head was allegedly found in a plastic dish with a frozen snake as well as other items which police could not immediately identify because of the ice.

Police say these could be intestines, but they are awaiting the results of forensic tests.

They arrested the suspect, who allegedly told them that he had killed Jokweni on the instructions of the 47-year-old traditional healer, whose name is known to The Witness.

When this news reached the Mafakathini community, where the traditional healer is based, local residents ran amok, stoning, vandalising and looting the healer’s properties and setting his home alight.

The healer’s properties, which include a butchery, a tavern and a supermarket, are hired out to local businesspeople.

According to one Mafakathini resident, a car with a loudhailer went around the community on Saturday alerting people to the traditional healer’s arrest.

The information allegedly passed to people was that the healer had been found with four human heads when police arrested him.

Looting

The community allegedly met at a community hall before going on the rampage. Meat, liquor and other food items were allegedly stolen from the healer’s house, as were a television set, fridges and furniture. Police were pelted with stones by the mob, who reportedly were mostly youths.

One of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they saw the looting and torching of property from a distance.

“I used to hear that he kept all sorts of animals and snakes that are used for muthi, but this is scary. I heard that people were pulling out private parts, people’s heads and livers, which were stored away in shelves and freezers, when they went into his house.

“Apparently people have to go into this big hole dug in one of the huts when they consult him,” added the resident.

A source described the investigation as dynamic. It is believed that the traditional healer threatened police with “tokoloshes” when they went to arrest him.

The healer has been described as intimidating.

The healer’s wife, who spoke freely to The Witness, said they were hurt that the community did not bother to ask the police whether there was any truth in the allegations that human body parts had been found in their home.

Animal parts


She said they kept animal parts, but had told the police when they raided their home that they were free to take any flesh they found for testing.

She said people came to consult the healer for various reasons, including health problems, success in their studies or seeking luck in business and relationships.

The wife admitted that sometimes their clients are required to jump into a hole containing a python and sleep there. Pythons apparently bring good luck. A snake found at the house was taken to the SPCA.

Among the couple’s vehicles are a Nissan Pathfinder and a Hummer.

Comments
  • Zoidberg - 2011-01-31 12:39

    Welcome to a civilised SA where your doctor tells you who to kill or else the ancestors will haunt you.

  • Biza - 2011-01-31 12:46

    Is this reeal, if so why do people still go to such place.. i mean sleep in the same hole as the python? i must be craze to do that even if its for money

  • HomerSimpson - 2011-01-31 12:47

    How weird can one be!

  • Ludorum - 2011-01-31 12:49

    The man is a bloody animal to say the least. This is not in any way traditional healing it is plain stupidity. And to think that so many ignorant people believe that nonsense. It cannot be justified in any country in the world.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-01-31 13:13

      Now now, I think you shouldn't insults animals like that. THis guy is worse then any animal you can think of becauso no animal would behave like this. Animals kill for food or to dfend themselves. Occasionally a fight over females will even go to far. But no animal kills for supersticious bullshit like this.

      Ammie - 2011-01-31 13:15

      You are insulting animals... Human cruelty can't be compared to anything on this earth.

      LawoftheJung - 2011-02-01 01:38

      No this is what you do not understand - this is not human, this is not animal, this is African - there is nothing more savage in the universe.

  • vorsterhenk - 2011-01-31 12:58

    People like this should be removed from society! :O

      Shino - 2011-01-31 14:40

      People like this should be removed from the f@cking gene-pool...

  • Bumblebee - 2011-01-31 12:59

    "Nissan Pathfinder and a Hummer" muti murders clearly pay well...

      bomb916 - 2011-01-31 13:20

      where can i apply?

      spiceinc - 2011-01-31 13:25

      Trust me these guys when they make it big they are far better off than you. For one thing they don't pay tax, the 10 grand I loose every month to SARS they are exempted from it.

      richard - 2011-01-31 13:28

      I was going to say the same. I just wonder whether these clients of him eventually also drove a hummer if they went to him for some muti for wealth. Withces and torturers should be put to the stake.

      Shino - 2011-01-31 14:46

      More than 70% of South Africa's population fall beneath the poverty line. Sadly these are the same people feeding this kind of stupidity and misinformation.

      Joanne - 2011-01-31 19:44

      Except for the healer in this case who owns multiple properties and vehicles - and the patient/killer who owns a house and a freezer. I am tired of hearing that poor people have no morals - this is so beyond me, as is it beyond about 47.5 million other South Africans. We do each other a very sick disservice to assume that we will all turn to cruelty and murder when we're living in hard times. The "patient"/murderer could have taken an extra job, seen a shrink at a state hospital, chosen to let his partner go, confessed to a crime - whatever problem he took to this "healer", he had at least one other choice and the one he chose was wrong beyond the telling. If only for the sake of the next generation, we need to start telling each other, and ourselves, the truth.

  • Maya - 2011-01-31 13:07

    Seems like people are losing their heads about all the madness going on, rampaging and taking the law in their hands.

      AjaxFiko - 2011-01-31 13:16

      Lol

      Lihle - 2011-02-01 09:51

      Yeah and quite rightly so..wouldn't you lose your head if you heard that someone lost their head and it was in a freezer. If I lose my head I'd take the law into my own hands and someone else losing their head and taking the law into .....

  • Jack - 2011-01-31 13:09

    Sane, is the one that remains calm when those around you are losing their heads!

  • BigMoose - 2011-01-31 13:14

    Keep a cool head, everyone!

      ant177@24.com - 2011-01-31 13:23

      Brainfreeze

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-01-31 13:18

    It is science!

  • JohnnG - 2011-01-31 13:18

    Maybe he was just trying to get ahead in life!!

      mnsita - 2011-01-31 13:37

      Hahaha! Nice one!

      Spyker - 2011-01-31 18:37

      Ja, they probably also told him, if you want to make it, "you must keep a cool head in the townships".

      jon lol - 2011-02-01 11:46

      hahaha nice one, that is a sick joke, i wonder what would you people have done if the head discovered was that of a white boy, please have respect for the dead WTF

  • BigWig - 2011-01-31 13:19

    Lets keep our cool and not lose our heads here. This a culture.We should not judge lest we be judged ourselves. What has logic to do with it.? emotional content read on these comments suggests very little logic in the replies .

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:33

      Um, I think that kidnapping, murder and beheading are exactly the kind of acts that get judged anywhere as these are not legal acts in any culture. And it's insulting to say so - millions and millions of South Africans would never kill or maim someone else's child. These acts must be heavily, heavily judged indeed.

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-31 13:22

    In our Third World Africa, beneath the trappings of civilisation like suites and sunglasses, there lurks a savage from the dark ages waiting to revert back.

  • Alfred - 2011-01-31 13:22

    "But eet eez owah kulchah!"

  • Jo - 2011-01-31 13:27

    It would be fantastic if there were still investigative journalists and top-notch detectives in SA who could really drill down into this story. It could be called "The state of a nation's mind". Some of the questions would be - how long was this "healer" practising with the knowledge of his neighbours? What kind of "service" was he providing to own all those properties - we can bet it wasn't curing headaches. We could really find out what his "client" wanted so badly to murder and behead someone's 18-year-old son. And we could ask the neighbours why they are looting the "healer"s possesions in anger.. We need help.

      rikhogrande - 2011-01-31 15:52

      At least Jesus (aka: the king of kings) did not tell anyone to go behead a young boy a put his head in the freezer and use his body parts, including privates, for your muti

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 18:53

      @rikhogrande, a but his "dad" did order the slaughter and rape of thousands of people...

      rikhogrande - 2011-02-01 08:27

      @Point, when and where was this order given, give me an example chief

      lacisnesnon - 2011-02-01 09:04

      where??? get off your high horse man, you are annoying. ALWAYS attacking. I find your beliefs rediculous as well. Now shut up.

  • Colin - 2011-01-31 13:29

    Don't forget that millions of "civilised" south africans believe that the universe was made in a week, that there was a man born from a virgin birth who could heal people instantly and then come back from the dead.

      stuart.steedman - 2011-01-31 13:42

      Amen, Colin. Al religion - Christianity included - is not so far off this kind of tribalism. And millions of people die and have been killed in the name of religion.

      buzz - 2011-01-31 13:45

      Indeed a good point Colin. Hypocrisy at its best.

      Selwyn - 2011-01-31 13:51

      Seems like you are uncivilised or shall I rather say blind Colin. Jesus lives and rules my friend! I will be praying for you because the day you blow out your last breath, you'll have to stand before Him face to face!

      Alfred - 2011-01-31 13:52

      Yup, good point. But I think it's been a couple of hundered years since Christians cut people's heads off and burnt "witches" at the stake.

      stuart.steedman - 2011-01-31 14:05

      Selwyn - "Judge not, lest ye be judged" ... or don't you follow your own scripture? I'd say calling Colin "blind" and "uncivilized" is pretty judgmental, wouldn't you say?

      me-being-me - 2011-01-31 14:06

      Let them believe what they want. There is a different between a religion, life style, and barbaric extremist. The majority of people have a certain life style. They rest on Sunday, some don’t eat pork, and some wear funny hats, nothing to lose your head about, if you pardon the pan. Then you get Barbaric extremist that have lost the plot completely. They blow themselves up and cut of other peoples‘s head all in the name of some fictional being. I believe these are the people that should be removed from society and set out to pasture. All I’m saying believe what you want, nobody has to agree with you but, don’t bother them or make a nuisance off yourself.

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:24

      It would be fantastic if there were still investigative journalists and top-notch detectives in SA who could really drill down into this story. It could be called "The state of a nation's mind". Some of the questions would be - how long was this "healer" practising with the knowledge of his neighbours? What kind of "service" was he providing to own all those properties - we can bet it wasn't curing headaches. We could really find out what his "client" wanted so badly to murder and behead someone's 18-year-old son. And we could ask the neighbours why they are looting the "healer"s possesions in anger.. Believe anything you want - just don't kill your neighbours for it.

      Selwyn - 2011-01-31 16:09

      No Stuart, it's not judgement - it's called telling someone the truth who mock christianity

      stuart.steedman - 2011-01-31 16:29

      No, Selwyn, you're passing judgment on another man's character, because he doesn't believe in the same set of superstitions you choose to believe in. Add to that, you're displaying basic intolerance (sadly, a trait common in your more rabid Christians). As Gandhi once said: "I like your Christ! I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." I think you're a shining example of that quote in action, Selwyn.

  • What Ubuntu? - 2011-01-31 13:31

    Wh wh why you complain...eish this is Africa, we 've been havin it, why I must think like Western norms....and be "civilised" Kill, rape, steal and being savage.. is western world name! Not here....this thing, this is how we do it!!! Amandla! viva africa viva!

  • MasterMind - 2011-01-31 13:38

    Methinks he stood out head & shoulders above the rest and the idjotti amazotti just wanted to cut him down to size !!!

  • DiabloDBN - 2011-01-31 13:40

    So much for evolution....

  • What Ubuntu? - 2011-01-31 13:41

    Wh wh why you complain...eish this is Africa, we 've been havin it, why I must think like Western norms....and be "civilised" Kill, rape, steal and being savage.. is western world name! Not here....this thing, this is how we do it!!! Amandla! viva africa viva!

  • Swazi-Bok - 2011-01-31 13:41

    A Hummer! My career councillor totaly gave me a bum steer. Bugger finance, Muti is where the money is at...

      Judith - 2011-01-31 14:09

      No one deserves to be killed for whatever reason he must kill his own kids.We don't need people like him in our community.

  • siren703 - 2011-01-31 13:53

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Black.dude - 2011-01-31 13:55

    This is so interesting, because it has turned into black/white issue. Apparently WHITES came with their civilization, and civilised BLACKS by teaching them to believe in "GOD" who resides somewhere in the sky and to stop believing in the tokoloshies because they dont exist. Blacks be fearful of GOD and stop being fearful of tokoloshis because they dont exist, otherwise GOD will punish you.

      Chris - 2011-01-31 14:13

      Hahahaha no my man. The bilble is clear on the fact that people should stay away from spirits (ancestors) . If the tokolosh is real it is demonic. If you dable in this you will reap the fruit of it, cause the God Yahweh that I serve does not punish, He sent His Son for freedom, not torment

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:15

      For me personally it has nothing to do with colour - it has to do with cruelty and breaking the law - either out of fear, or to get what you want. Unacceptable on every level and for anyone. Who in the world thinks it's ok to have your son's head or genitals removed so someone else can get a better job or a girlfriend? If you don't want it done to you, don't do it to anyone else. And that works in any culture.

      troffel - 2011-01-31 14:31

      @ Chris - "God Yahweh that I serve does not punish" Kill All of Babylon "Go up, my warriors, against the land of Merathaim and against the people of Pekod. Yes, march against Babylon, the land of rebels, a land that I will judge! Pursue, kill, and completely destroy them, as I have commanded you," says the LORD. "Let the battle cry be heard in the land, a shout of great destruction". (Jeremiah 50:21-22 NLT) Yea... Many more where that came from - http://www.evilbible.com/

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:36

      Um, in the meantime, perhaps we could pay attention to this particular case of the "healer" that gets neighbourhood teenagers beheaded? I know this is a fantastic opportunity to sound off on what may be your pet peeve, but this case is awful enough to demand our full and clear attention - perhaps we could leave the soapboxing for another time?

      buzz - 2011-01-31 15:26

      @ Chris - but aren't we supposed to moer people who eat shellfish, or work on sundays? Geez, to avoid the tokolosh you just gooi bricks under your bed - much easier than avoiding your dude.

      rikhogrande - 2011-01-31 15:57

      Dude go read you bible properly, Christian belief originated in Egypt (where Jesus grew up and learned more about his Farther etc), it was taught to the west, the west did not conceive it.

      Chris - 2011-01-31 17:47

      @Troffel Sho I see where you are going, and that is why I said He sent his Son that is wher it changed! @rikhogrande: I dont dispute the fact that the west didnt conceive it, God did. Eh had the salvation of all jews and Gentiles in mind through Jesus. @bzz: Didnt Jesus he is without sin cast the firs stone? The point is, that im not trying to convert people here, it is what I belive. The fact is that people are so quick to blame God for their own hurt, He put rules in place and warns people not to do certain things for a reason, and then we are so surprised and hurt when we do it anyway and get hurt! Anyhow ancestoral worship is not a good idea!

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:07

      Chris, seriously dude, do you really believe in a virgin birth? That's witchcraft my friend..

      Chris - 2011-02-01 10:14

      @pointblankza: Yes I do, I guess thats why its called faith. I dont know how to explain it, its just ingraned in me. Any how its not for me to try and convince anyone, I leave that up to God.

  • Paul - 2011-01-31 13:57

    Hey juju here is your heritage...

  • Black.dude - 2011-01-31 13:59

    This is so interesting, because it has turned into black/white issue. Apparently WHITES came with their civilization, and civilised BLACKS by teaching them to believe in "GOD" who resides somewhere in the sky and to stop believing in the tokoloshies because they dont exist. Blacks be fearful of GOD and stop being fearful of tokoloshis because they dont exist, otherwise GOD will punish you.

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:15

      For me personally it has nothing to do with colour - it has to do with cruelty and breaking the law - either out of fear, or to get what you want. Unacceptable on every level and for anyone. Who in the world thinks it's ok to have your son's head or genitals removed so someone else can get a better job or a girlfriend? If you don't want it done to you, don't do it to anyone else. And that works in any culture.

      Keith - 2011-01-31 14:21

      I agree whole heartedly! The sooner Christianity with it's rubbish along with all other religions disappears the better for all!

      Jo - 2011-01-31 14:28

      In the meantime, perhaps we could pay attention to this particular case of the "healer" that gets neighbourhood teenagers beheaded? I know this is a fantastic opportunity to sound off on what may be your pet peeve, but this case is awful enough to demand our full and clear attention - perhaps we could leave the soapboxing for another time.

      whitespear@24.com - 2011-01-31 15:41

      You do have a point, but I think the vast majority of white people stopped murder in the name of superstition a century or two ago.

      Paul - 2011-01-31 16:01

      Please my friend, is it possible to leave God and liewe Jesus out of your arguments. Some of us do take exception to this kind of thing. If you do not believe in God or decide to somehow equate God to a tokolosh, kindly do so in your own head. - Jan van Schalkwyk

      BRONZE - 2011-01-31 16:31

      Whitespear that is true. You decided to start wars instead and kill for different, yet still selfish, reasons. Tell me 1 war that was caused by Black people? An amazing race indeed. Why can we never accept the fact that there are evil doers (sp) across all races? That there are elements that need to be removed from society not because of their race but because of their evil deed? This blasted witch is one of them. But don't judge a whole race based on a few people. I'll be happy to list a whole lot of autrocities that were and are still being done by White people all over the world and happily paint you with the same brush as the Nazi that made accessories for his home out of human skin from Jews. Remember that lamp he made?

      whitespear@24.com - 2011-01-31 16:42

      @BRONZE Im not judging a whole race based on a few people, Im judging them based on an entire cocked up 3rd world savage continent.

  • Ingie - 2011-01-31 14:27

    Its about time all the traditions were done away with. Sleep with a child virgin - you get cured of aids. Have a head chopped off and you will be cured of whatever health. The more children you have the richer you will be. what utter rot and last but not least - Have a shower after sex it washed away the aids virus.

  • Ingie - 2011-01-31 14:28

    Talk about been brainless!!!

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:09

      Yes we all know you are... you have clearly shown us this time and time again.

  • Alwyn - 2011-01-31 14:30

    People please dont loose your heads over this incidents by acting like barbarians,Let the law take its course

  • mwfrater - 2011-01-31 14:37

    You can take em out the bush but you cant take the bush outta them.

      ILOVEME - 2011-01-31 15:53

      U such an idiot mwfrater really....

  • Judith - 2011-01-31 14:38

    I can't believe that there is human being who do such thing this is so scary.

  • Sythe - 2011-01-31 15:08

    Enough with the headless jokes....a bit of sympathy for the poor guy who was murdered and decapitated. The family must be going through a terrible time.

  • dominique - 2011-01-31 15:08

    It's is ignorance of people that young innocent people have to die, I mean really to sleep next to a python to bring you good luck.......how pathetic.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:10

      There are chrisitan sects in America who dance with rattlesnakes. How pathetic.

  • shaunandroweena - 2011-01-31 15:31

    wow, this is very alarming, i mean the FBI and CIA profile for this kind of thing is a white, middle aged male...

  • DeonL - 2011-01-31 15:33

    This is not cricket old chap!

  • andries de kock - 2011-01-31 15:55

    Where there is a market there will be supply. The worst is that due to "demands of the people" medical aid pays for a vist to this kind of lunatic.

  • rikhogrande - 2011-01-31 15:59

    This guy and his friends need some Jesus

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:11

      And be like the rest of the "christians" on here?

  • Punani - 2011-01-31 16:01

    This sort of belief and behaviour is the reason that the ANC will be able to run the country into the ground. To think that probably 80% of our population are on this mental wave length and vote for our government. Absolutely frightening! No wonder Zuma and Malema are heroes. They are the best that the ANC have got!

  • rodbod@24.com - 2011-01-31 16:17

    And the medical aid schemes will pay this sick savages consultation fee - can you believe it?

      Spyker - 2011-01-31 20:12

      I don't see a problem - I am sure he had a sign at his door that says "Mind Your Head"...

  • FFS - 2011-01-31 16:19

    They will be in front of and behind you in the queue at the next election!

  • jowza - 2011-01-31 16:24

    i need some head

  • Outsie - 2011-01-31 16:26

    And it's not crazy to close your eyes and pray to a god to give you job?? All religions are stupid. I find it hilarious that religious nuts can make fun of other religious nuts, when they're equally crazy!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-01-31 16:33

    why do these dumb people belive in this mubo jumbo crap? wake up

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:13

      It's the same way I feel about religion...

      lacisnesnon - 2011-02-01 09:08

      and you have a major chip on your shoulder, build a bridge and get over it.

  • JohnnyWotten - 2011-01-31 17:07

    Geez, the commenters on here are as bad as the mob. Read the article, people. The guy who was found with a head in his freezer said he had done it on instruction from the traditional healer. He could be trying to shift the blame, we don't know yet. As for the people turning this into a black/white thing, you're idiots. People who believe in ancestral spirits and Tokoloshes are no more ridiculous than people who believe in holy ghosts.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 19:14

      Precisely...

      Spyker - 2011-01-31 20:22

      Must say I also thought about the "instruction from the traditional healer", perhaps it was - "two heads are better than one"..?

  • Liz - 2011-01-31 18:33

    He drives a hummer? Damn! Maybe I should take up traditional healing..seems to be extremely profitable

      Spyker - 2011-01-31 20:08

      But, be careful, you could go off your head...

  • KaiinSA - 2011-01-31 19:08

    At least the police had a head start with this case.

  • cam - 2011-01-31 19:53

    umm beg to differ, but some whites do go the whole witchcraft sangoma whatits ways, some go as far as to call themselves sangomas, so il say whatever the race its a sick bloody belief, an' enough with the "head" jokes already, for people here that can even crack a joke bout something like this, shows how low down in morality EVERYONE in SA has sunk, and you wonder why killing comes so easy. bunch of nincompoops...http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/White-sangoma-blesses-toilets-20010607 this is one of many examples, so quit generalizing.

      pointblankza - 2011-01-31 20:25

      Ja, white people on here think they being funny but they actually terribly embarrassing.

  • Spyker - 2011-01-31 20:37

    "...the healer had been found with four human heads..." - what a monster...

  • LawoftheJung - 2011-02-01 01:42

    You do not understand what this is about. This is not a human that did this, this is not even an animal, this is an African – there is no more savage beats in the universe than an African.

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-02-01 07:09

    Seems to me that there're a whole lot of people involved in this: the 3 youths that ran off probably knowingly led this unfortunate boy to his death, the wife that enjoys the fruits of this witchdoctors labors - she must've known what was going on, Pathfinder & Hummer - R1.2 million right there. Sick bustards - hope the community burn them all out. And this is the persuasion that wants to be leagally recognised by Medical Aids etc, - how much would one get reimbursed by Discovery for buying a head?

  • jonathank218 - 2011-02-01 08:38

    "Among the couple’s vehicles are a Nissan Pathfinder and a Hummer" Bussines must be thriving!!!!!!!!! WOW