Head-in-freezer killer gets life in jail

2012-03-14 12:00

Johannesburg - The man who killed a teenager and kept his victim's head in a freezer has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday.

"The 31-year-old Roger Thusi was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday for the murder of 18-year-old Loyisa Jokweni," NPA regional spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said.

Police searched a house in the France township and discovered Jokweni's head, along with a dead snake, in a freezer at the house.

The 18-year-old's decapitated body was found on January 17 last year. His family identified him from his clothes.

A 47-year-old traditional healer, Mduduzi Manqele, was also arrested for the murder, but charges against him were later withdrawn due to insufficient evidence, Ramkisson said.

In February last year a public petition handed to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court alleged that tokoloshes (evil spirits) were being used to steal court dockets.

The petition alleged that Manqele, a wealthy traditional healer, was "well-known for keeping evil creatures which collect dockets from court".

At the time a local resident said Thusi led the police to Manqele after the healer allegedly told him to behead Jokweni and put the head in a freezer "to get rich".

  • Rodney - 2012-03-14 12:10


      Rudie - 2012-03-14 14:51

      To run a successful business you NEED a cool head

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-14 12:14

    Traditional healers are needed in SAPS to help stop "tokoloshi's" from stealing the dockets, cos i think they're the only people who can see these things so this guy killed because he wanted to be rich????

      Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-14 12:46

      witchdoctors serving our SAPS,what do this people know?

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 12:17

    how charming, this guy makes an neanderthal look like Einstein

  • Tanie - 2012-03-14 12:21

    I thought house arrest and no alcohol was a revised sentence for murder...

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-14 12:25

    Sick bastards. If it's not Muti murders in Limpopo and KZN it's occultic murders in sleepy towns like Welkom in the Free State. We are a sick nation.

  • peter.norma - 2012-03-14 12:39

    Thats one way to get ahead!

  • Marion - 2012-03-14 12:46

    Well done to the judge(s). Has there been a sentence handed down yet for that couple who decapitated, skinned, amputated limbs of the young student? They need to get numerous concurrent life sentences for that.

  • Edwin - 2012-03-14 13:12

    its sickening that people can do these sortof things.

  • Lethabo Mphahlele - 2012-03-14 13:22

    the devils spirit is rooming around, searing for souls to live in this is demonic evil activities thou GOD LIVES

      Alison Ling - 2012-03-14 13:43

      Seriously!!! The only demons are selfish heartless people and corruption within the justice system!!!

  • Alison Ling - 2012-03-14 13:36

    Wow, this just proves the level of education in SA!!! Try to become rich by killing and beheading someone what a twat think he wishes he had just got off his lazy ass and got a job ... That's what you get for listening to idiot "witch doctors"

  • Greg - 2012-03-14 14:34

    I take it the Traditional Healer was told by another Traditional Healer that he'd get rich if he told people they'd get rich if they cut off youngsters' heads, I guess it probably worked out for him. People are honestly retarded!!

  • Mona - 2012-03-14 15:18

    So much evil going on!!

  • Mantsho - 2012-03-14 19:42

    Ban traditional doctors, they are not good. it is because of them people experience this brutality.

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