Reports have it that a teenager has earned himself 18 years jail term for murdering his albino girlfriend so that he, together with his friend could mix her body parts with muti and become rich.
Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, spokeswoman of KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed the jail sentence when she commented that the 17-year-old was sentenced at the Mtubatuba Regional Court.
Although the teenager wasn’t named as he’s a minor, eNCA related that “the youngster is the third person to be sentenced for the murder of 20-year-old Thandazile Mpunzi in a case that has drawn the ire of community leaders and activists in the Empangeni/Richards Bay area.”
BuzzSouthAfrica recollected that two 19-year-old friends of the teenager – Mandla Mabuza and Lindokuhle Khumalo – were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in September last year after they pleaded guilty to the murder of Thandazile Mpunzi.
It happened that a traditional healer identified as Bhekukufa Gumede told the teenager that muti, if mixed with certain body parts of an albino, would make one rich.
As such, the traditional healer, the teenager and his two friends plotted to kill an albino to get the needed body parts the wealth muti required. Unfortunately, the teenager’s girlfriend was an albino.
He lured her on the 1st day of August last year to an isolated location at the Phelandaba area of Emanguzi in Northern KwaZulu-Natal where his friends attacked her, strangled her and took her body to a nearby forest.
The formal accusation of this crime reads thus; “the assailants [Mabuza and Khumalo] met on the following day and dismembered the deceased’s body. They took away certain body parts. At a later stage the assailants moved the remains of the body to another forest where it was buried.”
Meanwhile, Zulu King – Goodwill Zwelithini recently called for severe punishments for people who kill albinos for muti.
“It’s vulgar to refer to an albino as isishawa because all of us have such a gene in us, therefore they should not be victimized,” King Goodwill said.