Traditional Healer Arrested For Receiving Human Remains From Graves


Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a fifth suspect has been arrested for the cases of violation of graves at Tshitavha village, Limpopo.

SAPS said the man they arrested was a traditional healer. He was arrested by members of the SAPS Provincial Task Team and the Thohoyandou Cluster detectives as the fifth suspect in connection with cases of violation of graves at the aforementioned village.

The 42-year-old traditional healer was arrested at Mbilwi location after an intensive investigation. According to the police service, it is suspected that the traditional healer is one of the recipients of human remains that were dug from the graves in the Vhembe district.

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He will be dragged to the Makuya periodical court today where he will face the charges against him.

Yesterday, three suspects appeared before the Thohoyandou Magistrate Court on charges of violation of graves and corpse.

The suspects were Elias Daniel Nephawe (23), Mathandzhia Munyai (20) and Colbert Nemasisi (29). They were all remanded in custody but are expected to make an appearance at the Makuya periodical court.

SAPS said the arrest of the five suspects will bring relief to the community that was adversely affected by the shocking incidents of people dealing in body parts.

The police started investigations after a 17-year-old girl confessed that her ex-husband has been harvesting body parts from graves.

She detailed that her ex-husband would desecrate graves and harvest the body parts which were sold to traditional healers.

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Meanwhile, Detectives and Crime Intelligent Unit have arrested seven suspects linked to a farm attack that claimed the lives of Pieter van Zyl (69) and Mathilda van Zyl (66).

In the night of 19th August 2017, the suspects attacked the elderly couple in their house at Immerpan Farm near Zebediela outside Mokopane. Their bodies were discovered in the morning with multiple gunshot wounds.