Murdered teen found skinned near Brits

2012-11-14 15:43

Johannesburg - A murdered teenager was skinned and some of his body parts removed in Mmakau Village, near Brits, North West police said on Wednesday.

The face of Neo Ramaswe, 13, was skinned and his throat, tongue and kidneys were removed, possibly for making muti, said Captain Amanda Funani.

Ramaswe's body was found on Sunday in an open field by a passer-by in the area, but police only disclosed the information to media on Wednesday.

"He was last seen by his friends [last Thursday]... after playing soccer," said Funani.

Police have launched a manhunt for two men suspected of involvement in his death, after they were seen talking to him.

A case of murder has been opened.

  • dante.schoeman - 2012-11-14 15:47


      uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-14 15:59

      Are we living in the f£&$en middle ages?? - 2012-11-14 16:00

      My stomach turns!! Is THIS the country we live in???? I am ashamed to call myself a South African .....

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-14 16:18

      You are all delusional, its not 2012, its the year 3000BC and this is standard practice among most tribes.

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-14 16:31

      @Uwe, no mate, they did not do this even in the middle ages. We are living in an age of savagery and ruled by a bunch of incompetents and crooks.

      mart.botha - 2012-11-14 16:37

      'The Silence is Deafening !' ......where is the outrage and condemnation from our Government, political parties, womens and youth leagues etc. Despite a great deal of positives that it may bring to our table, African 'muti' has a lot to answer for when their practitioners go off the rails in this fashion.I for one demand that murderers like these should face the death penalty...pelele ndaba! Through their actions, 'they have made their graves, now they must lie in them !'

      rhyno.vermaak - 2012-11-14 16:46

      Muti for the next Marikana incident...

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-14 16:51

      Lol @ Emmett, no its got nothing to do with satanism. It's about muti and witch doctors, traditional healers and all sorts of "magic" believed in by the uneducated, welcome to SA mate. Everyday in the news here is a lot scariers than you're used to.

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-11-14 20:31

      Condolences to the family. Really sad, kids always safer due to adult stupidity.

      phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-14 20:36

      The abominations of 'sangoma's' and 'muti' have become so commonplace in society, that we tend to write them of as merely another man's harmless culture. And therein lies the danger. Simply put, it is not for no good reason that the God of creation, the only God Yahweh, who is one Christ Jesus, warns us about dabbling with the occult, which is born of Satan. If it is not of God, then it is of one other, only. The evil one wants to kill you, as his nefarious revenge against his vanquisher, either by violence (if one avails oneself to this by ignoring Jesus' warning), or if only that you will live your life believing he does not exist. More violent the death, more hideous the mutilation, more 'stronger' the muti. Beware the smiling sangoma, who books you off sick for a couple of bucks - there's a price to pay for getting into bed with the devil; he never stops demanding it, and it just keeps on going up and up. There is liberation for all who are held captive by the evil one's deceit. Turn to the One who has crushed his head, and is mighty to save. Ask Him to come and make His dwelling with you, and be free. John 8:34,36 says 'Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed". Turn to Him, and see the evil one flee - your safe eternity depends on it. Don't go to hell forever, where not even the grave can save.

      sean.goldie.9 - 2012-11-14 22:15


      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-11-15 00:38

      Primitive scum!

      KennySven - 2012-11-15 07:14

      The missing link is alive and well living in Africa.The upright walking Bafoon does exist.

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-11-14 15:51

    Muti murder! Muti is b#lls%@t!!! stop believing in this nonsense and this senseless killings will stop!

      jon.harris.9421450 - 2012-11-14 16:13

      @leonard i'm trying to understand your mentality.. so what you are saying is that if your child is murdered for muti,then it is fine and you will accept it,as it is your culture???????

      dracolusus - 2012-11-14 16:21

      You're culture is hacking up an innocent child, so some impotent retarded, uneducated person can get a hard-on / sort out some random imagined ill? I suggest you should re-evaluate your world view.

      indianajohn - 2012-11-14 16:24

      leonard: No.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-14 16:24

      So if your child was killed for muti, it would be ok for you Leonard? as it is part of your culture!

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-14 16:25

      "so if you are of western extraction please accept it and live with it this our culture." does that sound sarcastic to you Athena? or is it racist?

      leonard.menge - 2012-11-14 17:08

      I like your mind Athena........*smart*

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-11-14 17:12

      Read the comment properly. Think.

      frederick.kaczynski - 2012-11-14 20:00

      @leonard : yes... and we have Siemens DNA sequencers and Merck PCR machines saving millions of lives a year. You have a chopped off foreskin and someone who did'nt bother reading up on the past 2000 years of medical history.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-14 15:51


      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-14 16:33

      No Gcwaba, Bastards are human, these are Spawn.

  • leonard.menge - 2012-11-14 15:53

    I am scared very fearfull......

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-14 16:33

      leodard, now stop it, you make this Boer laugh too much.

      leonard.menge - 2012-11-14 16:52

      So what you are you saying? I must not exercise my universal and democratic right to be scared!! Because I will make some supposed Boer to laugh?oh please give me a beer......sorry I mean a break

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-14 17:42

      Hie hie hieeee, We can eat a chicken together sometime. Goes down well with beer. Sniff.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-11-14 15:53

    Africa is stuck in the DARK AGE!

      emmett.wesleygarrett - 2012-11-14 16:46

      That's a bit racist, ain't it?

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-14 19:07

      Why Emmett??, it could have been a Englishman that did it.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-15 07:44

      Sheesh. Today everything is racist. What @Meneer said is 100% true.

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-11-14 15:54

    What sort of inhumane savagery act is this??!!! Why do individuals like these actually get to exist, and live among humans!! I'm physically sick right now!

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-14 16:00

      Appears as if my post is deleted. Wonder if someone condones this or if I am not allowed to express myself strongly what I think of the act upon the poor kid. Only 13 yrs old. Depraved sub-humans who would do this. Examples of the so-called missing transitional species. Who got lost in the gene-pool to evolve into this scum......

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-14 16:07

      Apologies!! It was a slow N24 server. It was not deleted....

  • pim.plant.9 - 2012-11-14 15:55

    There is really sick people out there!

      jb.rams.1 - 2012-11-14 16:23

      we never thought this wud happen to our family...ths is realy heart breaking

  • jbooyse - 2012-11-14 15:57

    Barbaric !!!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-14 15:59


  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-11-14 16:06


  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-14 16:10

    Oh such primitive savage behaviour in this day and age. Maybe more muti required to "protect" the criminal actions of the strikers? So sad for the victim's family. How do we ever move out of the "dark ages" with actions like this?

  • louise.minnie - 2012-11-14 16:10

    This country is rotting - a fish rots from its head down.

  • pdvermaak - 2012-11-14 16:15

    This is sick, sick, sick. We will have to get some order here in SA..... if goverment don't do it, we will have to do it ourselfs.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-11-15 08:27

      Yes. It looks like they are now sick and tired of killing the whites, they are now killing their own kind. SICK SICK SICK. Children of the devil. Who ever did this, I hope you get caught SOON and that your own kind RIP your body apart WHILE you are still ALIVE. Rot Rot Rot in hell.

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-11-14 16:17

    Only death penalty can stop all these things!

      Jaap - 2012-11-14 18:12

      Semakaleng, I agree, remember the Welkom "Begrafplaas moord" where a young woman and man murdered another young man and also mutilated his body? They should have gotten the death penalty. Instead the tax payer must pay for their accommodation and food for the next 40 years. Tax payers are being punished for there murder!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-14 16:18

    So the indigenous population do not believe in muti - so WTF was this!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-11-14 16:19

    How depraved can people get? Totally sick.

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-14 16:21

    This must be a muti murder because it happens mostly in Africa! But then again it can also be an organ harvesting syndicate as for the kidneys also had been removed?

  • jacqueline.benjamin.52 - 2012-11-14 16:22

    RIP, what a horrible and cruel way to die

      emmett.wesleygarrett - 2012-11-14 16:45

      This article doesn't say how the boy died, only that his body parts were removed which could have happened later which if it did, would be a little less heinous than before, while he was still alive, I mean. Not that doing this is okay, I'm not saying it is, but there's a different between doing these things while still alive vs after the guy's been killed. If you know what I'm trying to say...

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-11-15 08:08

      Emmet, the bodyparts are usually removed when the victim is still alive in the belief that this makes the "muti" stronger and more effective.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-14 16:22

    Backward sub-human barbaric savages...

      zwane.xoliswaasemahle - 2012-11-14 16:50


      devon.riley.52 - 2012-11-14 17:44

      They should be shot like rabied dogs

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-14 16:23

    Savage do this to another humab being is sadistic, inhumane and totally disgusting. May the evil people who did this burn in hell for eternity!

  • quantron - 2012-11-14 16:27

    "Previously disadvantaged"? Bah humbug! PERMANENTLY disadvantaged, left behind by evolution.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-14 16:29

    What can one say that we have not already said day after day.

  • Msika - 2012-11-14 16:30

    Murderers Bastards! Probably this boy's face was skinned while he was still alive.

      zwane.xoliswaasemahle - 2012-11-14 16:49


  • andre.leroux.3538 - 2012-11-14 16:34

    Moenie oordeel nie! Kom ons hoop dat wanneer hulle in die tronk is, daar 'n gelowige sal wees wat hul na Jesus sal lei! Dit is nooit te laat om 'n siel te red nie.

      mark.uys.5 - 2012-11-14 16:44

      Hmmm, blaming the specie does'nt cut it, blame its ingenious creator!

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-14 17:03

      Such monsters do not deserve a second chance, rather hang them, read them their last rites and let st Peter decide whether he'd like to grant their souls entrance through the pearly gates...

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-12-29 21:26

      grow up, andre. there are good people and there are bad people, "saintly" people and "evil" people, but there is no devil, no hell, no god and no heaven. if god existed, this sort of act would simply not happen.

  • donna.steyn - 2012-11-14 16:35

    Seriously... what goes through the mind of these people? Skin someone, have dinner with the family and have a peaceful nights sleep. Gee whiz!

  • leandra.brikwa - 2012-11-14 16:38

    Were did this people get this idea of using body parts as medicine, probably form Zimbabwe.

      zwane.xoliswaasemahle - 2012-11-14 16:48

      The civilized one's call it body parts transplant, its good. The 'savages'call it muti, dead and burried....

  • zwane.xoliswaasemahle - 2012-11-14 16:40


  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-14 16:40

    All used by any chance for inciting the western cape farm violence?

  • JHLR73 - 2012-11-14 16:41

    South Africa as my home country is getting too sick for me. This place is becoming one up nation. Civilised people should decide if it is worth it to stay here for much longer and consider their options before it is too late. Time is running out

  • khabir.hoosen - 2012-11-14 16:43

    Death penalty!!!!!!???????

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-11-14 16:46

    bring back the death penalty!!!!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-14 16:46

    OMG!!!!!! This country is PATHETICALLY SICK!!!!!!! We desperately need to go back to being a normal society where all stand together against this EVIL and the F%%%% perpetrators need to be punished by FULL MIGHT of law even if it means bringing back Death Penalty for these EXTREME cases!!! Save Our Souls...

  • mark.uys.5 - 2012-11-14 16:53

    In the Holy Koran, Iblis (a Angel) opposed God when God spoke of creating man, futhermore, Iblis denied to bow before Adam. Iblis knew what man would become! Don't blame the food for poor prepared, blame the chev.... aka.

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-11-14 17:41

      You can't even get your F/Book timeline to make sense! Genius

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-11-14 17:02

    Pure anarchy, our country has gone to the dogs, come on Mr Zuma we are tired of reading about such atrocities against our fellow citizens everyday, death penalty please.

      matshane.seleko - 2012-11-14 17:42

      They will never reinstate the dearth penalty.Why?Well,they know that they will lose the.......wait a second.....criminals,or did I want to say voters.

  • Jean-Pierre Wolf - 2012-11-14 17:03

    catch the bastards, skin em and roll them in salt

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-11-14 17:05

    Making muti from body parts has never made some1 succesful,thy must know tht the devil has no free gift

      emmett.wesleygarrett - 2012-11-14 17:09

      But that's why I think it's Satanical. We seem to agree on that point.

  • silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-14 17:09

    Bring back the death penalty so we can rid our society of sick b@stards who do this to a poor child!!

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-11-14 17:10

    21st Century...and muti killings are happening? WTF???

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-14 17:30

    Good GOD please tell us what is happening because if its not Rhinos its people, where have we gone wrong!!

  • Robert Frankol - 2012-11-14 17:40

    Seek and destroy this vermin!!

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-11-14 17:42


  • Terisah Risah RiRi Jeray - 2012-11-14 17:56

    it is soo sick wat ppl do out thr and sicker are those that support these traditional healers and bathe in human blood.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-14 17:58

    Running a country and still believing in muti and sangomas...thats Africa! Sad...

  • john.lundt.9 - 2012-11-14 18:20

    Its amazing...WTF....Zooooooma or is it Zuma...get off ur fat black ass and start doing something about the killings in our country....otherwise get rid of your bodyguards and security personnel and lets see how safe u really feel. U need to be a victim of a serious crime just like those of us who have been. U cant bring the death penalty back because all Zuma's people will get executed then. The killing of a child or a person goes unnoticed by the circus clowns who run OUR country.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-14 19:08

    ALWAYS IN THE RURAL & TOWNSHIPS U HEAR OF THIS THINGS...pls educate your sangomas..or get rid of them!!!

      eric.f.moloi - 2012-11-15 14:48

      U r dull Storm Troopers,even behind those high walls in de suburbs thy r nt prone to evil,evil knows no boundry idiot!

  • luke.lindner.9 - 2012-11-14 20:33

    Since when did the police hold the authority to withhold information? Can't image what else they are "withholding"...

  • jomar.delange - 2012-11-14 22:26

    Seriously? Is there some sort of effort from government/law enforcement to do something about this? The insanity!

  • gordon.boonzaier - 2012-11-14 23:50

    God help this country,please.

  • John - 2012-11-15 06:04

    3rd World???? You must be joking!!!! More like 5th World!!!

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-11-15 08:51

    Muti murders have been around for a very long time and will continue to occur as long as we have a society/community steeped in superstition instead of being educated. I loath to generalize, but Traditional Healers are more often than not the culprits.