KZN muti murder victim's head found

2015-11-11 11:20


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Durban - The severed head of a KwaZulu-Natal man killed in a suspected muti slaying was found by forensic detectives in a plantation on the south coast on Tuesday evening.

A traditional healer implicated in the killing has been arrested after information was obtained from the community.

Police investigating the disappearance of Nawaaz Khan, 23, of Umzinto, found his body in a thicket at the weekend.

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Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said Khan’s head was recovered in Ellingham, adjacent to the N2 freeway in Park Rynie.

Police said Khan’s friend, Thando Duma, 21, had allegedly lured him to a forest and along with a traditional healer had hacked him to death with a panga before beheading him.

It was speculated that the head was taken for muti purposes.

Naicker said a break in tracking the sangoma came when community members of the Msholozi temporary housing settlement in Umzinto surrounded a house that the wanted suspect had visited.

“A 31-year-old man was arrested and detained. Investigations led detectives to the scene where the head was recovered. The head, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, had been placed in several plastic shopping bags and buried in the ground,” he said.

“It has been taken to the Park Rynie state mortuary where tissue samples would be obtained for forensic analysis to confirm that it is indeed that of the deceased Nawaaz Khan,” Naicker added.

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