Police still ­investigating grisly case

2017-11-01 06:00

The five suspects who were arrested in connection with the harvesting of human organs in Clocolan will remain in custody while the police continue with the investigation.

The accused are Mpho Mokhethi (32), Moeketsi Lekoko (34), Moabe Ramoabe (32), Khotso Monyobo (32) and Mamodibedi Moketetsa (32).

Three of the suspects are from Lesotho. As they are regarded as a flight risk, their bail application was turned down.

The five were arrested in July when the police uncovered a human skull and tongue hidden at the house of one of the suspects.

The police had received a tip-off from a reliable informant about human parts being hidden at a house in Hlohlolwane, Clocolan.

The police said the skull had been dug up next to the door and the tongue was found in a plastic container in the consulting room of the first suspect, Mokhethi.

Capt. Phumelelo Dhlamini, spokesperson, said the initial investigation revealed the suspects had been practicing as traditional healers.

The suspects face charges of the violation of a grave and the possession of human organs.

Dhlamini said the human remains had been taken to the Bethlehem forensics unit, where tests would be done to determine the possible origin thereof.

In June, municipal workers reportedly found that the grave of Banta Petrus Ranthako (63), had been disturbed. An investigation revealed that his head had been removed.

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