Parishioners march against muti
● The Evangelical Lutheran Church is taking a stand against cannibalism‚ the selling of human body parts and drug abuse in the villages around Estcourt.
The church’s Ephangweni parish will take to the streets of Estcourt today to voice their concerns.
Their march comes in the wake of grisly stories of cannibalism that emerged in August‚ after alleged traditional healer Nino Mbatha walked into the Estcourt police station to report that he was in possession of body parts and was “tired of being forced to eat human flesh”.
Reverend Ntuthuko Nkosi said the planned demonstration was triggered by the recent cannibalism cases. In a memorandum due to be handed to local mayor Jabu Mbhele‚ the church has denounced the selling of body parts linked to “witchcraft”.
Among other things‚ the church is demanding that the municipality ensures graves have a security guard at night and that increased visibility of police in hotspots is effected.