Ri­ots at trial of ‘can­ni­bals’

Po­lice force back crowd hurl­ing in­sults at three men ac­quit­ted due to lack of ev­i­dence.

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE -

Po­lice fired rub­ber bul­lets and stun grenades to break up crowds hurl­ing in­sults at a group of men ac­cused of can­ni­bal­ism.

More than 500 peo­ple gath­ered out­side the mag­is­trate’s court in Est­court in KwaZulu-Natal yes­ter­day as the men sat in­side, hid­ing their faces with hooded tops and their hands.

Au­thor­i­ties orig­i­nally charged seven men af­ter po­lice said one of them had walked into a po­lice sta­tion in Au­gust with a hu­man leg and a hand. Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Them­beka Mbele said yes­ter­day he had con­fessed that he was tired of eat­ing hu­man flesh.

The court ac­quit­ted three of the men yes­ter­day on charges of mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, say­ing there was a lack of ev­i­dence. The other four were held in cus­tody and the case ad­journed un­til Oc­to­ber 27.

“We have not charged them with can­ni­bal­ism, as no such charge ex­ists as far as I know,” Mbele said.

“No one has seen them eat­ing any of the hu­man parts they had in their pos­ses­sion, but we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” she said.

Of­fi­cers were also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sus­pects for the of­fence of possess­ing hu­man re­mains, said Mbele.

Po­lice blocked streets out­side the court. They fired tear gas and grenades to keep the crowds at bay as se­cu­rity of­fi­cers drove all seven men back to jail – the three ac­quit­ted men were re­leased later.

Mem­bers of the crowd shouted back at of­fi­cers. “Where were you when they were eat­ing peo­ple?” said one.

Some pro­test­ers told lo­cal me­dia they feared miss­ing loved ones may have been eaten.

Oth­ers have linked the deaths with witch­craft. –

Pic­tures: Reuters

MAY­HEM. Po­lice push pro­test­ers back us­ing stun grenades, tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets af­ter seven al­leged can­ni­bals ap­peared in court in Est­court, KwaZulu-Natal, yes­ter­day.

AC­CUSED. The al­leged can­ni­bals in the dock yes­ter­day. They face charges of mur­der and at­tempted mur­der in Est­court.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.