Killer sangoma a state president's patient

2013-06-27 10:59

Johannesburg - A Lesotho sangoma who was found cooking the genitals of a farmer he had murdered, has been declared a State President's patient by the Free State High Court, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Under the Mental Health Act, he could be committed either to a prison or to a mental institution, the newspaper reported.

Beeld reported that, according to a psychiatric report, Hopolong Moeketsi, 34, could not differentiate right from wrong when he murdered Basie Venter, 65, on the evening of 30 March 2009 and Jan van Wyk, 82, the next day.

Witness John Engelbrecht reportedly told the court he saw a man sweeping outside the house when he arrived on the farm on 31 March.

The man, whose legs were covered in blood, ran inside and locked the door, but Engelbrecht kicked it down.

The man attacked him with a pair of scissors and an axe, but he overpowered him and tied him up.

He found Van Wyk's naked, mutilated body under a blanket in the bloodstained lounge, and found his genitals cooking in a pot.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-27 11:13

    Isn't this setting a precedent? All violent murderers are now going to be declared mad because they don't know right from wrong!

      shilulu - 2013-06-27 11:21

      politicians don't neither

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-06-27 11:48

      No Erna, it isn't setting a precedent. The man has been assessed by people who deal with the mentally ill from both the defence and the prosecution's side and found to be mentally ill. As an example I am sure that Oscar also had to undergo tests after he killed Reeva to assess his state of mind at the time he shot her and determine whether he knew what he had done was wrong. This all goes to premeditated or not for which there are differing sentences. Manslaughter, culpable homicide etc all are taken into account. As a cynic I believe that generally the more money one has the greater the chances of a lighter sentence however sometimes justice works. A sangoma acts on visions and voices of ancestors and hocus pocus in some cases like this one. We don't have all the evidence which the court have. I think Kotze might be found to be mentally unhinged and given a lighter sentence but am hoping that whatever decision the judge in that case makes he is never allowed back in society again. He had motive and means and he knew what was wrong or why did he run and hide?

      Charles_McDonwald - 2013-06-27 12:54

      Gail, was the Sangoma your lover and is now locked up?

      Marc Ross - 2013-06-27 15:44

      Gail you are quite correct in your facts. People might not like them (I don't either) but I believe with regards to Erna's question you have given a fairly balanced response.

  • Oarabile Rodney M - 2013-06-27 11:13

    President is a patient too,question is whose patient is he?

  • Scott Young - 2013-06-27 11:22


      Happy Moloto - 2013-06-28 09:23

      whats funny? i want to laugh too..

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-27 11:22

    Oh BS. If he didn't know right from wrong, why did he run and then proceed to attack Engelbrecht or even cover up the body. State quack retards.

  • Sibusiso Shanedowski Mavimbela - 2013-06-27 11:28

    @Pieter. I fully agree with you, why must the tax payer feed, clothe and accommodate killers, rapistsand hijackers??? I've never really understood the concept. If a criminal has been convicted and it's proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is the killer why must they live? If you can't kill the animal don't keep him alive at my or the victim's expense!

      Nyaganyaga Ndawonda - 2013-06-27 11:37

      That's how it works...the taxpayer even pays for all of showerheads wives and children etc etc etc.

  • Jo Lekkading - 2013-06-27 11:36

    Gosh. It would be so nice to have the death penalty back. Mind you, I guess all the farmers already sit with a noose hovering above their heads. Most dangerous job in the world!

      fargone - 2013-06-27 22:28

      i too have often thought that the death penalty would serve rather well, however, in a country where the justice system is not consistent or always just, can you imagine how the death penalty might be abused by those in office.

  • Na-aem Williams - 2013-06-27 11:52

    @Madise judging by your profile pic i dont think i want to continue having a discussion with you lol it would drive me nutless

  • Goitsemodimo Masibi - 2013-06-27 11:56

    ntate yo one a ipatlela mapele jerrrrrr

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-27 12:14

    And this is JUSTICE? I don't give a flying ££££ what his problem is, he is guilty of a horrific crime and needs to die! F him!

  • Gail Joyce - 2013-06-27 12:25

    WTF? And who is footing the bill for this low-life oxygen thief?

  • CarlErler - 2013-06-27 12:33

    1. WTF is a "state president's patient" 2. could not differentiate right from wrong when he murdered Basie Venter WTF...

  • Rumbidzai Precious Musana - 2013-06-27 12:34

    This people mustn't be allowed to stay in the community. He must face death sentence with hard labour. What he did was cruelity and did not show any remorse in killing the elders!

  • Lesley Diane Greyling - 2013-06-27 12:47

    I am sorry but the fact he ran and hid shows me that at least on some level he KNEW what he was doing was wrong~! He is from Lesotho, so now WE as tax payers wind up paying for his mental health treatment after he murdered OUR citizens?~! seems a bit wrong to me~!

  • Na-aem Williams - 2013-06-27 12:54

    @Nomcebo Ngidi -you sound very cute i cannot be rude to you, you actually put a smile to my face with comment.

  • Nadia Ockards Londt - 2013-06-27 13:48

    he should just HOPOLONG to jail so they can cook his nuts there!

  • Khutso Rele Mokgosi - 2013-06-27 16:55


  • Hemlock - 2013-06-28 09:17

    Hang this piece of cr*p. He is just stealing oxygen!

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