‘Clitoris collector’ off hook
THE FREE State High Court has dropped several charges against Peter Frederiksen – accused of severing women’s clitorises in illegal operations at his home – as it is not a punishable offence in South Africa.
But the Danish national is still facing conspiracy to commit murder, rape and fraud charges. Frederiksen was arrested in 2015 after the Hawks found a bag in a locked deep-freezer with 21 clitorises after a tip-off from his late wife, Anna Matseliso Molise.
He faced about 20 charges for the removal of human tissue in an unauthorised place. Yesterday, after an application for discharge, Judge Johan Daffue said the legislature made a glaring omission by not adequately covering the removal and transplantation of human tissue when it passed the National Health Act. “Right from the start I had doubts he would be convicted.”