Following a tip-off from a community member, a 27-year-old mortuary attendant was arrested by the Bathlaros police near Kuruman in the Northern Cape in connection with illegal possession of human body parts.
The suspect who was arrested on Friday for possession of several human body parts is a staff at the local mortuary in Kuruman.
The human body parts which include a heart and lungs were found in the suspect’s freezer neatly stashed at his residence. Police say the recovered human body parts will be sent to a laboratory in Pretoria for forensic tests, while the suspect is expected to appear before the Magistrate’s Court at Mothibistad on Monday on charges of illegal possession of body parts.
Meanwhile, the intention behind the illegal possession of the body parts is not yet clear as police continue investigations into the matter.
The family of the suspect say they are very surprised and shocked at the discovery as they never suspected that the suspect will do such evil.
In addition to the recovered body parts, the police have also discovered some stolen tombstones at the residence of the suspect.
Also, a gang of criminals also known as ‘albino hunters’ have instilled fear in the minds of the residents of Malawi, especially for the people living with albinism. The hunters raid the streets of Malawi armed with machetes, knives and axes abducting and often killing albinos both in broad daylight and in the dead of night.
These attacks may soon turn albinos in Malawi into an endangered species. Police statistics show that about 50 criminal offences have been committed against people living with albinism without counting the unreported cases.