Free State traditional healer jailed for 5 years for violation of corpse

2018-07-03 18:18

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A Free State traditional healer was sentenced on Tuesday to an effective five years for violating a corpse, the National Prosecuting Authority said. 

Forty-two-year-old Mpho Mokhethi was sentenced by the Clocolan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, NPA regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said.

Shuping added in a statement that Mokhethi was given 12 months for the violation of the grave, four years for the violation of the corpse and six months for the contravention of the Immigration Act. 

The six months was ordered to run concurrently with the 12-month sentence, he said.

According to Shuping, the court heard that on May 26, 2017, a community member who had been visiting a graveyard, noticed that a grave had been opened. 

"The deceased's family was informed and they discovered that the grave had been partially opened and the lid of the coffin moved.

"The police were called, and they discovered the head was missing. The family had to rebury the deceased with the head missing," he said.

Shuping added that further investigation led officers to Mokhethi's house in Clocolan. He said officers dug the head out of the front of the man's house.

Mokhethi admitted, in a plea agreement, that he had dug up the grave, opened the coffin and cut off the head, he said. 

"He put the head inside the plastic bag and took it home with the purpose of using it for his business to flourish.

Read more on:    crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.