Two Arrested In What Looks Like Ritual Killing


In what seems to be a ritual killing, police officers following a lead on Sunday discovered a woman’s head wrapped in newspaper.

The suspects were apprehended in Limpopo during the weekend, but the details are still shady.

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Provincial police spokeswoman, Colonel Ronel Otto, said two men travelling in a white bakkie were apprehended by police near the taxi rank on Market Street in the Polokwane CBD.

According to Otto, police officers were following up a lead about people cutting and selling human body parts. Otto said:

“After searching the vehicle‚ they found the head of the woman wrapped in newspapers. The identity of the woman is still not yet known.”

The circumstances leading to the death of the woman and where it actually happened are yet to be unraveled. She said the two suspects‚ apparently from Mapela outside Mokopane‚ were arrested and taken in for further questioning.

Otto also said the suspects would appear before the Polokwane Magistrates Court some time this week‚ pending further investigations.

Furthermore, Otto linked the incident to ritual killing, which has become part of the investigation. This comes as a surprise, as the police had received fewer reports of such cases in the province within the past year.

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However, the history of Limpopo has been bedeviled by a high number of incidents relating to ritual killing and witchcraft. Vhembe and Mopani districts were once considered hotspots for ritual killings and witchcraft-related violence.

In 2014‚ provincial police reportedly dispatched a special task team to the areas to ensure that the murders are put to a stop. Most ritual murders are committed by the get-rich-quick kind of people who patronise witch doctors for potent charms.