Sangoma found cooking farmer's body parts

2013-03-19 08:16

Bloemfontein - A sangoma from Lesotho was caught cooking the body parts of a murdered farmer in boiling water when he was arrested.

This transpired at the trial of Moeketsi Hopolong Mokoena, 34, in the Free State High Court on Monday, reported Volksblad.

Mokoena stands accused of murdering Jan van Wyk, 82, from the farm Jakkalsfontein in 2009.

Court documents showed that some of his body parts were found in a pan in his farmhouse where Mokoena was busy cooking them.

Murder spree

Mokoena allegedly started his murderous rampage on the evening of 30 March 2009, killing Basie Venter, 65, after arriving on the farm Biesiesvlei asking for food.

While Venter’s wife was busy making him something to eat, she heard dogs barking and saw Mokoena hitting her husband with an iron rod. He then ran away.

Security guards searching for Mokoena the following day were told to go to Van Wyk’s farm, which was about 5km away.

When the guards arrived on the farm, they found Mokoena on the stoep, wearing only a shirt and underpants. His legs were covered in blood. He ran into the house and closed the door.

He attacked the guards, but they managed to overpower him and tie him up.

Van Wyk’s badly mutilated body was found in the living room, and body parts in a pan in the kitchen.

A year after the murders, Mokoena was declared a patient of the president’s  (in need of psychiatric help). The State now argues that he has been successfully treated and can stand trial.

On Monday, the judge postponed the trial to 22 April.

  • Willie van Wyk - 2013-03-19 08:22

    BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY - Then our dear President will have no more patients.....

      boerekanon - 2013-03-19 08:30

      This is a symptom of a country where the punishment does not fit the crime, where the perpetrator has more rights than the victim. Our justice system and government is failing it's people.

      Marcus Coetzee - 2013-03-19 08:32

      I will be the one to do the executions nkosikhonorman ludidi, Whena dog bites a human they are put down. I will offer my services for free

      Jawa Bunter - 2013-03-19 08:35

      who will be employed to be a killer if the death pelnaty can be brang back? I will gladly join the long queue of job applicants.

      yaya188 - 2013-03-19 08:51

      He is obviously insane? 4 years later he goes to trial? OMG!! One scary inmate when he goes to jail. I feel so sorry for the families of the men who died. What a terrible memory.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-19 08:58

      The death penalty won't work, the murderers will just wave around their ANC membership cards, and get off on presidential pardon. The only people that will get the death penalty is the ones protecting themselves by shooting the ANC cadres.

      DamnTheMan - 2013-03-19 09:19

      But include child rapist please ... Damn the man.

      procold2 - 2013-03-19 09:19

      the state says he has been cured how can somthing this evil be cured, death by stoning

      Nokuthula MaDlems Mkhwanazi - 2013-03-19 09:21

      @Leonard Bloch not all sangoma's are killers and evil. I come from a family with a long line of izangoma from my great grand father to my mother who is an educated Honours degree graduate and a teacher by profession. Sangoma's are meant to be healers using natural herbs, perform cleansing ceremonies etc. Now like any other "profession / calling" there are those people who are drawn to the dark side eg. Teachers who have sex with students, pastors who molest young boys the list goes on and on. it's unfortunate that the media never reports the good side about sangoma's, izinyanga etc.

      DamnTheMan - 2013-03-19 09:24

      @Theodor Herzl because sheep herder's know? Blind faith is a sin and believing like a child will only get you treated like one. What's next saying you and the Muslim's don't pray to the same god or you treat your woman better? Time to move away from superstition. Death penalty will work but it needs to be Enforced? Two strikes for murders, one for raping children(ideally). Make them feel...

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-19 10:10

      Savage behaviour comitted by a savage! Successfully treated??? The only successfuk treatment is a bullet to the brain! Uour dear president doesnt have the guts to bring back the death penalty as hald of the population will be gone!!!!! Suck and disgusting and to make it worse -we as a nation stand back and allow incompetancy to rule our country!

      Pamela Pamish Njikelana - 2013-03-19 10:22

      Ek se ma net, this country is no longer slowly turning into a joke. It's a joke already. We don't have a tight punishment for criminals therefore rape, fraud, murder, robberies are still going to happen. Can't we unite and boycot for a death penalty to be brought back? Let's unite as a nation. If ANC can march for a Zuma painting, Y can't we do the same to protect ourselves?

      Susan Gunning - 2013-03-19 11:36

      i have been saying the same thing for most of the stories on news24... BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!! crime will drop dramatically

  • Grant Illgner - 2013-03-19 08:23

    Evil is taking this country

      Thadelphukem - 2013-03-19 08:45

      Well said Grant... SA is becoming a scary and sick place!

      ColinShephard - 2013-03-19 09:55

      You must be a very sad and lonely individual to devote your life to attacking something you do not even believe in delusion.

      antie.christen - 2013-03-19 10:12

      You must be very sad individual believing something there is no proof for.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-19 10:18

      @Thadelphukem: as sick as this story is, South Africa is not BECOMING a scary and sick place. It's always been that for as long as I can remember (I'm in my 40s now). Its never been a paradise (for most people anyway). What's happening is that its becoming worse. @Delusionbuster: Yes, all religions believed or still believe in sacrifising people. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his most precious possession as was the practice then. He was stopped just in time. Jesus was sacrificed so people's sins could be forgiven. These sacrifices were always for the greater good. We're in 2012 now, for God's sake, and surely we have a different attitude to sacrificing people than was the case then. So lets live in 2012 and stop justifying, even at the debating level, what is not acceptable. The great Pharoahs of Egypt used to marry their sisters to keep wealth in the family and deflower their daughters before marrying them off. Should we then be ok with incest and paedophilia coz it used to happen before? C'mon!!!!!!!

      Grant Illgner - 2013-03-19 10:30

      Evil - Profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, esp. when regarded as a supernatural force.

      Rodney Louis - 2013-03-19 10:43

      we need a week of prayer to rid the country of this evil !

  • Grant Foster - 2013-03-19 08:24

    There is no hope for Africa.

      Mathaithai - 2013-03-19 08:41

      Then go away please!

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-03-19 09:02

      @ Mark absolutely no but we can't promote the believe that there is no home for our Continent

      allien - 2013-03-19 09:04

      @Mathaithai Your reply just confirms Grant Foster comment

      DamnTheMan - 2013-03-19 09:26

      What we need is constructive criticism. There is no hope is very defeatist! I still believe in the rainbow nation...

      JMaree - 2013-03-19 09:50

      Speak for yourself!

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 15:09

      True Africa is done for look at every country all the way up, disease, famine and war rule this continent, oh and the dimwitted.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 15:10

      Mathaithai you are fooling yr self wake up.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 15:13

      Silenta stay silent

  • ryan.raubenheimer.9 - 2013-03-19 08:24

    Mutilation. Impromptu aggression. Rape. Racism. Political inefficiency and scandals. Corruption. Welcome to the new South Africa.

      Cathy Cooper van Vollenstee - 2013-03-19 08:32

      Nothing new about it! This has been the norm since 1994

      DamnTheMan - 2013-03-19 09:27

      R25 Billion lost to municipal misconduct ...

  • Phillipa Mill - 2013-03-19 08:24

    sick, sick, sick.

  • John Ferreira - 2013-03-19 08:25

    Hang this animal from the highest pole, he is not human.

      Sattva Scrabbler - 2013-03-19 08:29

      that would be an insult to all animals ! He's the devil in human form and should be hung!

  • LekkePerd - 2013-03-19 08:25

    Sick F*@k!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-03-19 09:08

      and he is only one of many!

  • linda.mcintyregrice - 2013-03-19 08:28

    Another foreigner....Our prisons are full of them..Poor man, RIP. as for this story imagine how the family feels reading thisd..have a heart..poor reporting again.

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      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-03-19 08:51

      But now that he's been 'successfully treated' he can stand trial. So hopefully he goes to prison as a result.. But look, I agree. I'd rather they sent him straight to the gallows.

      Silenta Solly - 2013-03-19 08:55

      Should Chris Hani's killer also be eradicated from the face of the earth? I think he should, along with this guy. - 2013-03-19 09:05

      @Silenta - no doubt you are the one that gave me a thumbs down. What the hell does Chris Hani have to do with this story? Pardon my ignorance and please explain. Oh yes that's right ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

      Silenta Solly - 2013-03-19 09:57

      Since you ask so nicely for me to explain i shall do just that......Chris Hani was killed in cold blood in his driveway by that monster without any provocation of any kind....and this farmer was also killed by this sangoma in cold blood. I then ask, should the punishments not be the same? No white person called for the death penalty on Biko's killer instead you lot want that man to be released but you are calling for the death penalty for the sangoma....double standards???? you decide

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:04

      Silenta Solly. Some of you are so racist, you just can't wait to spew your racism. Disgusting really.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:06

      Silenta Solly, if the truth be told about Chris Hani and those he thought were spies, your pants will fall off. Grow up and get educated.

  • Ngoni Mantiziba Stubbs - 2013-03-19 08:31

    how crazy can this world be really?? this is such sick sick sick stuff. why do criminals always plead insanity??? they law must take its full course here

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2013-03-19 09:55

      if this disturbed you that much then Im affraid to say but you have only seen the tip of the iceberg! People have done allot worse things than kill and cook a person.

  • CommonSense - 2013-03-19 08:32

    Animal Lector in Lesotho. South Africa making all the right news headlines, as per usual!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:11

      Silenta Solly. No he said' don't touch me ON my studio. Is there anything you know anything about?.

  • Richard - 2013-03-19 08:32

    Then our Minister says the White Afrikaners are violent.

      Silenta Solly - 2013-03-19 08:58

      Remember that guy who wanted to touch the other guy in his studio and the guy said "dont touch me in my studio"? lol remember him?

      Lili Magagula - 2013-03-19 10:10

      Don't be as silly as the minister Richard. ANYONE of ANY race may be capable of violence.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 15:16

      Who is doing the murder and rape??? Not the afrikaaner

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-03-19 08:34

    Burn this piece of SH*T alive..

  • Faith Sabelo - 2013-03-19 08:36

    Psycho!!! hang him!

  • Nkosinathi Mokoena - 2013-03-19 08:39

    Zoombi land

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-19 08:40

    Isn't that just lovely.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-03-19 08:40

    Animal! Send him to the slaughter house! This is why we need the death penalty..

  • Rohin - 2013-03-19 08:40

    I'd be curious if he was cooking the human remains as part of a muti act or if he was planning on eating it.

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-03-19 08:42

    Ban all sangomas they're evil and their 'medicines' don't work they fleece the poor ignorant people into believing they can perform miracles.

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-03-19 08:44

    something has realy gone with our country.we are goin nuts here WOW

  • tremayne.chetty - 2013-03-19 08:46

    That man is certainly a nutcase, however, i do know mentally ill people who don't go around killing the elderly.......he deserves life in prison, just like every other pre med murderer.

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-03-19 08:50

      I think all sangoma's are nutcases as well as their believers.

  • Joleen Abdo Dippenaar - 2013-03-19 08:47

    Young couple was jailed for murdering a young FS man and storing his body parts... They were labelled satanists, but because this twat practices in muti its allowed. So what's the difference??? Its not difficult to figure that one out!!! Its time people stand up for their rights, by now its obvious that sangoma's cook up a load of crap using innocent victims body parts and the medicine doesn't deliver!!! This is just a way or excuse that these beasts or serial killers have easy access to their fantasy....

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-03-19 08:48

    And once he cooked his victim, what then?.......primitive!

  • Tuscar Tau Tau - 2013-03-19 08:49

    An eye for an eye....Reinstate death penalty

  • Kanki Stone - 2013-03-19 08:49

    Gosh indeed these are end times. I can imagine a Mokoena standing infront of the stove busy frying the part. Huh, some offences indeed deserve death penalty. Pity we have a constitution to obey but some people dont deserve to live in our communities hey......

      George Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-19 08:59

      kanki. you are right. These are The End times. Jesus is coming. For us. such people who engage in These Demonic rituals will regret this. God's wrath will devour them. If they dont repent.

      Garth Baldwin - 2013-03-19 09:03

      you xtians are so fun... you've been claiming its end times for close to 2000 years.. sigh.. your god has yet to fall from the sky again

  • Mojaki Moses Ramokgadi - 2013-03-19 08:50

    Some peop are crazy death penalty should come back

  • faith.leburu - 2013-03-19 08:50

    Oh lordy what have we got here? Sick rituals I say!

  • Gerhard Germishuys - 2013-03-19 08:54

    In our history it is noted that the people from the mountain kingdom tend to indulge in a bit of cannibalism.

  • Swapie - 2013-03-19 08:54

    And we have to share the country with "humans" like this?

  • Gabriel Marupta - 2013-03-19 08:57

    Only in south sick!!!!

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-03-19 09:23

      Shut-up Gabriel,from today i advice you to read international news

      CommonSense - 2013-03-19 09:39

      Junior, maybe try "demand" it works for everything else.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:15

      Junior Mahlo. Read international news?. I do that everyday and still have to read something about a which doctor cooking his victim.

  • FLUFFY8529 - 2013-03-19 08:58


      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-19 09:07

      The government is doing plenty, they disbanded the Commando System and disarmed the farmers.

  • Garth Baldwin - 2013-03-19 08:59

    if he was experiencing a psychotic episode that prevented him from understanding right from wrong then he should be acquitted. however.. the likelihood that he will remain compliant with his treatment once back in the community is questionable. tricky situation perhaps being admitted to a long term facility would be a solution...

  • jabu.sithole.9231 - 2013-03-19 08:59

    I think I need to apply for asylum in un usa

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:17

      Junior Mahlo. You truely are a junior.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2013-03-19 09:02

    Didn't take long before the people in this country reverted to cannibalism, did it??? Or has it always been there, just better hidden??? Under this anc government we appear to be going backwards. Rainbow Nation??? Yeah, right!

  • mlatha.sigidi - 2013-03-19 09:04

    This man deserves life sentence

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-19 09:08

      So us taxpayers must look after his sorry @ss?

  • Ntokozo Magubane - 2013-03-19 09:05

    Throw him to the lions !

  • Adln Nts Mhk - 2013-03-19 09:06

    Win mazaba****clappingOnce***

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-03-19 09:07

    DEATH PENALTY MUST BE BACK ,we cant live like this

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-03-19 09:09

    Shocking and I am shattered here.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-19 09:09

    This is a species... not human.

      Erick Vogel - 2013-03-19 09:54

      Yep, Homo Erectus.

  • Sandra Jackson - 2013-03-19 09:10

    Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to leave my beloved Country. Amen!!! Texas here I come!!!!!

  • Greetar Mondalamo - 2013-03-19 09:13

    This creature isnt human and not a patient,this is a way in which the government protects called evil ancestors told him a white person's body parts are stronger for muti which doesnt even work,no sangoma is good and people never learn.old man dies in a horrible manner,this sangoma needs to be stoned everyday

  • Trevor Mashilo - 2013-03-19 09:14

    This guy is Sick!!!

  • Morne Nagel - 2013-03-19 09:15

    HEH? This guy deserves to be thrown to animals! If you can kill somebody and cook their body parts, probably to eat it, then you deserve to be eaten. And yet no sign of death penalty. I don't know what else must happen before the president open his eyes.

      Dreyer van den Bergh - 2013-03-19 09:57

      He's got soap in he's eyes after he took a shower

  • Maneo Molefe - 2013-03-19 09:15

    I wish there was a planet far away from us to send people like these.

      Dreyer van den Bergh - 2013-03-19 09:58

      NASA is looking for people to live on Mars

  • ????? ????? - 2013-03-19 09:16

    SICK!!! SICK!!! SICK!!!

  • Sean Potgieter - 2013-03-19 09:16

    Sadly, the death penalty remains the only viable solution to the mess this country is in. We let insane killers walk the streets because our justice system is not up to the task to enforce the law. Start hanging these monsters and some of them might think twice before murdering innocents

  • sanette.rostoll.7 - 2013-03-19 09:17

    If the govt doesn't want to do proper rehabilitation and treatment of criminals, we need more prisons to permanently remove them from society. Then we won't have suspended sentences, pardons, excuses to let petty criminals go free. How many prisons could Nkandla's money have built?

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-19 09:19

    I suppose he will get out on bail. I will say it again, criminals have all the rights in the country, we are ruled by them. The rest of us are merely sitting ducks waiting for our turn.

  • Patricia Burness - 2013-03-19 09:22

    Seems cannabilism is alive and well:( maybe donkey and buffelo is just the beginning