Head in freezer: Suspect 'used muti'

2012-03-06 12:00

Pietermaritzburg - A man charged with the murder of a youth whose frozen head was found in a freezer at France township in January 2011, had practised muthi regularly in order to make his business prosper, his former girlfriend testified on Monday.

Roger Thusi, 30, pleaded not guilty before Acting Judge MT Ncube and assessors to the murder of 18-year-old Loyiso Jokweni on December 26, 2010.

His girlfriend at the time, Santo Princess Ndlovu, gave evidence that the frozen head was found in the freezer compartment of a fridge in her home at France on January 16, 2011.

Ndlovu said she had initially been “chased away” when she wanted to follow police and Thusi to the fridge because she was carrying her child. However, when she heard police say they found the head she could not contain herself and “slipped through”. She saw the human head in a dish.

Traditional healer

Thusi had earlier told the police that the head was “not in this fridge, but at [Mduduzi] Manqele’s homestead”.

When the head was found he “apologised” to Ndlovu and commented that “this is all because of Manqele’s rituals”, Ndlovu said.

She explained to the court that Manqele was a traditional healer whom Thusi consulted. She said she had even once gone to Manqele’s homestead in the Mafakathini area to “check up” on Thusi, who was involved in a 14-day ritual there involving the slaughter of two goats.

Manqele was also charged together with Thusi with Jokweni’s murder last year, but the charges against him were later withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

The State however alleges in its indictment against Thusi, that Manqele was involved in the murder and decapitation of Jokweni. According to the indictment, he also allegedly cut off Jokweni’s penis and testicles before throwing the decapitated body into a river.

Afterwards, the State alleges that Thusi and Manqele drove back to Manqele’s homestead where they “performed some rituals” with the victim’s body parts.

Thusi allegedly took possession of Jokweni’s head “which would in time cause his business to prosper”.

Ndlovu testified on Monday that her two-year relationship with Thusi ended the day he was arrested by police and the head was found in the freezer at her home.


She said Thusi had habitually used muthi to make his business (as a hawker selling chips and sweets) prosper.

When he returned from selling his goods he would “save a portion for his ancestors and another portion was for the household”.

She told the court about an incident where a snake had slithered into the house, causing her to scream and call for Thusi, who came running and hit out at the reptile. He was sorry for his actions, however, as he said it had come in response to one of his rituals and he later held another ritual and slaughtered two chickens as an apology. The snake was eventually placed live into the freezer.

Thusi’s attorney, Kelvin Singh, said Thusi denies all knowledge of the head found in the freezer.

He will also allege that he was assaulted by police at the time of his arrest. The case is proceeding.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-06 12:06

    Oopps for business to prosper?

      yolie.Landa - 2012-03-06 12:29

      Oh NO,,, he be a witch now... This business is so small for all this tragedy. To get someones parts for growing 'sweets and chips' nogal. #I die

      Morama - 2012-03-06 12:47

      There goes trolling Koos!!! What's wrong with you people?

      Janice - 2012-03-06 13:01

      Barbaric in the highest sense!!!!!

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-06 13:25

      Chips and Sweets nogal, sis man

      Rudie - 2012-03-06 13:50

      Well to run a business you need to keep a cool head.

  • Johan - 2012-03-06 12:07

    This is just sick. They should criminilize all forms of muti. Animal parts, plants human parts etc. The use of muti leads to these type of activities and in many cases destroys the environment.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-06 12:28

      Well Johan Pharmaceutical companies they do as much damage too to the environment

      Koos - 2012-03-06 12:32

      You can't criminilize the culture of the people leading this country.

      StarStruck - 2012-03-06 12:34

      Where is your proof???? 1st world countries does not operate like we do here in South Africa.

      Michael - 2012-03-06 12:44

      @koos. So if cannibalism or murder is n ones culture we should just accept it? "Hey mum, dad is in Tsepho's fridge. Yeah, Tsepho had a headache, he took dads head as muti. I know, i will miss him as well, but Tsepho said his head really hurt!"

      Johan - 2012-03-06 12:56

      I am specifically referring to the trade in rare species that has links to muti. A normal google search will give you the proof you require. Muti is nonsense and it leads to things like murder eventually.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-06 13:00

      These people have no culture! You can't call the decapitation of people a culture!!

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-06 13:05

      Koos is a tragic TROLL!

      Merven - 2012-03-06 13:49

      '1st world countries does not operate like we do here in South Africa.' No they don't, they are civilized.

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-03-06 14:32

      What countries fall under this first world banner??? Pls people help,

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-06 15:02

      every country that "african citizens" stream to for a better life.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-06 16:06

      Thats correct i hve seen a lot of Boers/ Afrikaners arriving in West!!

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 18:03

      how arrogant! Muti of this kind falls under wizardry and witchcraft- which white people practise too! And you guys are so narrow minded! If south africa is not civilised then i guess all south africans are uncivilised or was that critism only for the blacks! White people in south africa are so quick to judge everything blacks do and file it under barbaric or uncivilised. Such double standards!

      Michael - 2012-03-06 22:32

      @pixie86, um, er, we are all referring to the part where he cut off the guys head. As much as we love Harry Potter, he didn't kill any of his mates and stick their heads in his freezer. The main purpose of this article was for the murderous dead, more than the fact that he was the next Harry Potter. The headline kind of gives that away. That was an epic fail dude

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-03-06 12:09

    One thing you dont the practice of muti in 'not being caught'...they think of everything else though. kinda make s you wonder HTF these people still believe in this utter c***!

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-03-06 12:11

    This is just sick!

  • Derrick - 2012-03-06 12:12

    Yet they still keep harping on the fact that they would be better off without the influence of the western white man.

      Thokozane - 2012-03-06 12:24

      @Derrick - Yet they still keep harping on the fact that they would be better off without the influence of the western white man. Who is they? This is most uninformed statement I've read this year.

      Michael - 2012-03-06 12:47

      "They" would be the people she is talking about. "They" would be everyone who keep harping on the fact that they would be better off without the influence of the western white man. She could go and and mention them all by name, but that would take years! My dear sir, one should really use ones imagination a little when reading...

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-06 12:55

      now THAT is a guilty conscience, if i ever did see one!

      Barefoot - 2012-03-06 13:06

      Without the western white man there would be no sweets to sell hence no decapitations

      betsy.compaan - 2012-03-06 13:14

      Have to agree with Thokozane, you are taking the actions of a few and applying it to millions. There are Black, Indian, Colored and White people that all think that these Muti killings are wrong.

      Michael - 2012-03-06 13:40

      Since when does "they" refer to millions? In the absence of names, they does the trick just fine. They could be anything from doctors to street kids. "They" in this case refers to people who say that they can do a whole lot better without the West. We have all read it on this site, I am sure you have also heard people say this sort of thing. "They" would be those people. Not that difficult to understand is it? I could understand if it was said that "Black keep on harping etc" But "they" would imply only those who do say that sort of thing, and not generalize on a racial basis

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 14:21

      Oh please Michael, "we" all know what you mean by "they".

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 17:57

      who are 'they'? How narrow minded of you to generalise derrick. And you call yourself civilised!

      Michael - 2012-03-06 22:38

      Maybe you think you know who "they" are referring to when "they" say "they" Now, who is "they" in both cases. Obviously "they" are those who refer to them, as "they" and the other "they" are those see where this is going? actually don't worry, I agree "They" refers to all black people *sigh*

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-03-06 12:19

    Roger Thusi, 30, so young and stupid

  • Thokozane - 2012-03-06 12:21

    People never learn, killing other people for body parts will not make you rich. So many muthi related killings go undetected, and this is one part the SAPS is still battling with, including witchcraft related killings.

      Suzanne - 2012-03-06 13:34

      Yes, sad but true. It is not called Dark Africa because of the colour of its people, it is called Dark Africa because of the practices of some of its natives...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 14:21

      That's not why it's called Dark Africa! LOL!!

  • gennath - 2012-03-06 12:40

    Ai Afrika...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 14:22

      Not only... One word, China..

  • Michael - 2012-03-06 12:42

    And you want to tell me these people are human, with human emotions and feelings?

      Michael - 2012-03-06 13:04

      He had a human head in his fridge! I bet he went on with life like everything was just dandy. jam, butter, milk, frozen veggies, HUMAN HEAD! This would make a him a psychopath! How many of them are there in SA? Surely percentage wise, SA must have one of the highest number of psychopaths and serial killers

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-06 12:53

    You murder and cut somebody's head off so your 'chips and sweets' business can do better? Hmmm - ja well that makes perfect sense. Not.

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-06 13:22

    Did it work?

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-06 13:46


  • Samukelisiwe Tana Shelembe - 2012-03-06 13:22

    all this 4 some chips & sweets, our society is messed up!

      Rob - 2012-03-06 13:41

      Not all of it!!!!!!!!!!! Just the majority!

  • Derek - 2012-03-06 13:22

    The mind boggles at this nonsense and savagery continuing in the 21st century. And the fools who believe it works! Totally surreal!

  • Den - 2012-03-06 13:27

    and they call themselve civilized.

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 17:54

      who are 'they'?

  • Marion - 2012-03-06 13:30

    First time I've heard of this case. Seems as though decapitation with murder is increasing. Remember the murder of that young guy in Bloemfontein? Horrific what some people, who have the audacity to call themselves humans, do.

      Marion - 2012-03-06 13:31

      I can't understand how this woman never knew there was a head in her freezer. Can't have used it much.

  • Den - 2012-03-06 13:30

    its like those pamhlets you get at robots, offering to make your willy bigger, your husband faithfull, your ..... tighter, what a load of rubbish, but the prawns fall for it

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-03-06 13:31

    It must be a business man head

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-06 13:36

      Good point.

  • Cristina - 2012-03-06 13:35

    Ok..I'm speechless with horror!!!

      Mark - 2012-03-06 13:37

      Thank goodness your typing fingers are okay though.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 14:24

      @Mark, LOL!!

  • Merven - 2012-03-06 13:48

    So you murder a kid so that you can be prosperous? Is there anything more selfish than this?

  • claudevn - 2012-03-06 13:53

    Muti = Necromancy? Just saying, fine line...

  • Rodney - 2012-03-06 13:56

    When in business one should always keep a cool head .

  • Lorrin - 2012-03-06 14:14

    And this is your average man in the street in South Africa? Yes, God help us

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 14:25

      No it is not the average man in the street, what is wrong with you? Please tell me your level of deduction is not that shallow..

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 17:52

      yes! God help us from holier than thou people like you!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-03-06 14:15


  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-06 14:28

    On the one hand we have people who believe that human body parts make powerful muti. And on the other we have those who believe that rhino horn has mystical medicinal properties. Where are these mental institutions when we need them?

      dmaloma - 2012-03-06 15:37

      @teboho you can say that again......

  • Tanie - 2012-03-06 15:52

    And do not think this is an isolated incident, some are openly practised. We sow goats being walked across the pitch live on NATIONAL TELEVISION to make Bafana-bafana win the world cup, did they? Please everyone we need to hold the hands of those who are still primitive and failed to evolve and help them to cross to the light.Otherwise we are all screwed.

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 17:50

      i think this is what your ancestors said back in 1652, right before they declared every other culture, but white culture is barbaric and primitive! And the ensuing rest; i.e. Slavery, apartheid, is history. Right?

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 17:47

    queue in comments about how barbaric blacks are and how holier than thou whites are! So predictable.

  • Virginia - 2012-05-24 07:57

    Agree with Johan but honestly we seem to be breeding more and more savage morons. Jail is a waste of time. For heavens sakes the only thing these people are afraid of is having the same thing done to them. I;m sure another "traditional healer" will oblige!

  • katelicious.mamosadi - 2012-11-08 12:15

    wow...horror in sa

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