Shock find of body in dam angers Dongwe
THE find of a man’s body whose genitals had allegedly been removed in a dam near Whittlesea, has angered the community of Dongwe.
A man who wanted to remain anonymous, said he had been unable to sleep since he saw the body on Friday.
“I was taking livestock to graze around the dam and saw a human head. I told another shepherd. The old man said I must look closer and I took off my shoes and went to look.”
The man said the body’s genitals were gone and the body had only surfaced because the water was receding due to the drought.
He said crime was a serious problem in the area and he had managed to survive a stabbing by teenage boys demanding money a few years ago.
An outraged Aphiwe Thompson, who lives in Dongwe near the dam, said the community had had enough of the killings in the area.
“We feel horrible about what happened. We walk to places, we go to shops at night, we are tired of feeling afraid. Just to think that we have been living with a dead body among us and to have a human chopped up like an animal . . . we are pleading with the police to find the suspects.”
He claimed it was the third killing in the community in three weeks.
Ward 26 chairman Phaphama Madubedube said there was concern that the man’s death might have been for muthi purposes.
“We know that murders like this one are normally related to witchcraft. The same week the body was found, we held a march against the killing of women, children and other crimes in the area.”
He appealed for a thorough investigation into the latest death, saying the community would continue to fight crime, including setting up a neighbourhood watch structure.
The police had not commented at the time of going to press.
THIRD KILLING: The dam near Dongwe, Whittlesea, where a man’s body was recovered