Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cannibalism in South Africa

Police find body parts in walls of hair salon
"A Pretoria family spent more than five hours watching in horror as police removed what was thought to be the body parts of their four-year-old daughter from the walls of a hair salon where they were entombed."

Muti killings on the rise in KZN
"These incidents have captured the nation's attention, raising the question of how prevalent are instances involving the theft of human body parts, often from people who are still alive.
Experts say they have seen a noticeable increase in such incidents in KwaZulu-Natal and across the country.
Former head of the Occult Unit of the SAPS in Pretoria Kobus Jonker said there has been a marked increase in the number of muti killings taking place around the country."
The "Occult Unit?" Wow.

'Magic medicine' murders bedevil South Africa
"When police arrested six people outside a squatter camp in Bloemfontein, they were horrified to find that a bag the six had with them contained the head, heart, hands, feet, genitals and liver of a man in his twenties."

Healers licensed in South Africa
"some witchdoctors have been known to recommend the use of human body parts to make magic charms to bring luck or success.
And some are blamed for helping spread Aids by advising patients that it can be cured by having sex with a virgins. This has led to a spate of child-rapes in South Africa, some of babies just a few months old. "

Medicine murder involves the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine. It is not human sacrifice in a religious sense. Its practice in the format described below appears in the main to be limited to countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa . . .
"Occasions of murder and mutilation associated with some traditional cultural practices, in Southern Africa are also termed Muti killings. Muti killings, more correctly known as medicine murder are not human sacrifice in a religious sense, but rather involve the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine and concoctions used in witchcraft."

No comments: