Muthi killer on the loose

2009-08-08 00:00

RESIDENTS of a tiny suburb north of Durban are living in fear of a suspected muthi killer, after a body with missing organs and skin was found dumped in the bush.

The gruesome find was made by members of Reaction Unit South Africa, a local security company, in Dawncrest, Verulam, after receiving a call from a resident last Saturday.

The heart, lungs and genitals were cut out from the body — apparently to be used for muthi purposes.

The resident said he heard blood-curdling screams coming from the dusty road and alerted police, who failed to respond. The man then contacted the security company, whose staff discovered the mutilated body.

At first, security guards thought the mangled body belonged to an animal, but on closer inspection; it appeared to be of a young black man.

It is believed the man was taken to the lonely spot and mutilated while he was still alive.

The head of Reaction Unit South Africa, Prem Balram, said the body was found in blood soaked-blanket near a sandy bank near Jangbadur Road in Dawncrest.

The victim was found with his T-shirt wrapped around his arms and his pants pulled down to his knees.

Balarm said the victim had been sliced open from his chest to his abdomen and that several organs had been neatly removed. The chest cavity had been pulled open.

“His private parts were also removed and the skin around his inner thighs [was] removed neatly,” he said. A large amount of skin from his legs and buttocks was also missing.

He believes a sharp instrument was used to remove the organs as the cuts were “neat”, and that the man was lying on the blanket when the organs were removed.

Concerned residents told Weekend Witness they believe locals are being killed for muthi as several people have gone missing in recent weeks.

A resident who did not want to be named said she heard screams in the early hours of Saturday morning, but thought it could be dogs barking.

She said she is now certain it was the victim’s screams as it is common practice for “muthi seekers” to remove the organs while the person is still alive, which is believed to make the organs more potent for muthi.

Another resident said locals are too scared to go out at night and children have been told not to walk home late from school.

“This incident has really impacted on the community. That poor man was killed in the most gruesome way. It could be any one of us next,” he said.

Verulam SAPS are investigating a case of murder. No suspects have been arrested.

In a separate incident, a burnt body was found in the Canelands area a week ago. A dog was seen dragging the spine and cracked skull of the victim, who has still not been indentified.

That poor man was killed in the most gruesome way. It could be any one of us next.

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