Two in court, police question another in human body parts case

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  • A man in Mbombela has been taken in for questions regarding a case of possession of human body parts.
  • According to the police, two others have been remanded after they were found in possession of a leg, placenta and a knee.
  • The police investigation continues to find out where the body parts came from.

A 41-year-old man in Mbombela, Mpumalanga was taken in for questioning on Monday in a case of possession of human body parts, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Two other suspects, 45-year-old Jabulani Sam Mnguni and 49-year-old Pascal Mandla Gininda also appeared in the Eerstehoek Magistrate's Court on Monday for the same crime, spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said in a statement.

The two were arrested on Sunday in Elukwatini after police discovered a leg, placenta and a knee in their possession.

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"Their arrest spirals from an intelligence driven operation which prompted police to follow up on an information regarding a red sedan which was on its way to Elukwatini with two occupants conveying human body parts," Hlathi said.

He added: "The suspects' vehicle was intercepted at the Lochiel-Nhlazatshe intersection where police thoroughly searched it and discovered a leg, placenta and a knee which was separately collected from a certain house."

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Hlathi said the police's discovery sparked investigation and police are following the "trail of events" to find out where the body is from.

The two suspects were remanded pending a bail application on 15 July.

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