Cannibalism case draws rowdy protesters
POLICE fired rubber bullets yesterday outside the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court‚ where seven men accused of cannibalism appeared.
The accused – Nino Mbatha‚ Lungisani Magubane‚ Sithembiso Doctor Sithole‚ Lindokuhle Masondo‚ Khayelihle Lamula‚ Wiseman Madlala and Sazi Ndlovu – appeared in a packed court room.
They face charges ranging from murder to conspiracy to commit murder.
State prosecutor Israel Zuma read out a directive from the KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions to magistrate Arthi Sukhraj that charges against three of the accused were to be withdrawn pending further investigation.
The three were released while the others remained in custody.
When the crowd outside the court heard that charges against some of the accused had been withdrawn‚ they began shouting and hurling bins. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to contain the crowd.
Earlier‚ the accused were heard chanting‚ “We will eat you‚” to the gathering crowd as they waited inside police vans to be led into the building.
A bail hearing has been set for October 27.
PUBLIC OUTRAGE: A woman protests outside the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court, where seven men accused of cannibalism appeared in court to face charges of murder and attempted murder