Man arrested after tonsils found in bank

2016-01-28 18:41

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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga man appeared in court on Thursday in connection with human tonsils that were found in a bank.

Mhlolo Mashaba, 32, appeared in the Hazyview Periodical Court on charges of possession of human body parts that were found at the Hazyview branch of First National Bank last week on Wednesday.

The discovery was made by cleaners at the bank. 

The parts are believed to belong to John Ngobeni, 40, of Tsakane near Hazyview who had been killed earlier that day.

"The deceased was killed inside his house and then dumped in the street. His knees, nose, tonsils and genitals were missing," said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe.

"Later that day we received a call saying suspected parts of a human were found at the bank," he said.

He said the parts were later identified as tonsils.

He said CCTV footage led them to the accused, who lives near the dead man. He had gone to the bank and asked for a bank statement which was used to cover the tonsils.

It is unclear if the parts were being used as muthi in the belief they would generate wealth.

The man was arrested on Thursday and first appeared in the Mapulaneng Magistrate's Court on a murder charge on Monday.

The case was postponed for the results of DNA tests.

He is appearing separately in the Hazyview court for the possession charges. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on February 11.

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