An Mpumalanga man fears for his life after discovering a human penis outside his lodgings.
When the man from Mahushu Trust, near Hazyview, went outside on Friday morning he found something that looked like a piece of meat lying in the yard.
Superintendent Mtsholi Bhembe of the Mpumalanga Lowveld police said: "The thing caught the man's attention and when he looked closer he discovered it was an adult-sized penis.
"He was so scared he called his neighbours to be witnesses to what he had seen."
Bhembe said the neighbours advised the man to immediately report the incident to the Masoyi police station.
Preliminary police investigations failed to reveal how the penis came to be on the property and who it had been removed from.
Bhembe said the penis had been taken to the local government mortuary by police, where it would be kept during their investigations.
"We are still trying to work out what kind of case we are going to open, but it seems that this might be related to some kind of ritual murder," he said.
This is not the first time a human penis has traumatised the people of the province.
In 2004 a suspected serial killer and rapist, Kholizwe Masina, 21, made headline news when he allegedly brought a bloodied penis to a tavern where he used it to threaten patrons.
Masina is in jail while his trial continues in connection with charges relating, among others, to murder, rape and armed robbery committed in and around the KaNyamazane policing area.