Parish­ioners march against muti

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By BON­GANI MTHETHWA

● 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.

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