Two South Africans accused of cannibalism were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday.
Judge Peter Olsen ruled that 33-year-old Nino Mbatha and 32-year-old Lungisani Magubane had been guilty of “the most horrible crime”.
Last year, the two men killed the 24-year-old Zanele Hlatshowayo, only to consume her body parts. The case came to light when Mbatha, a traditional healer, introduced himself to the police in Estcourt, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. The man had a bag with a human leg and a hand and said he was “tired of eating human flesh.”
The police did not believe the man at first, until he took them to a house where more human body parts were found.
South Africa has no legislation prohibiting cannibalism, but it is illegal to mutilate a corpse or to possess human tissue.