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A family in Mpumalanga is demanding what it believes to be it's pound of flesh.
A man in Mahushu, near Hazyview, found a severed penis in his backyard in November and reported the grisly find to the local police.
As word of the dismembered male member went around the village, a local family came forward to claim the find. The unnamed family believes that the penis belonged to their grandfather, who was murdered and mutilated in February.
The old man died of loss of blood and was buried without his manhood.
His killers were never found.
The family is demanding a DNA test to determine if the body part is their grandfather's penis.
Inspector Jiyela Sibiya, spokesman for the Masoyi police, said yesterday: "We are waiting for the family to come for the DNA tests.
"If the penis belonged to their relative, they can decide if they want to bury it or if they want to leave it at the mortuary."
He said the police had been searching for a man without a penis in hospitals and mortuaries around Mpumalanga.
Sibiya said: "The family did not report that they had buried their grandfather without his penis. However, we will not ignore their claim now."
The penis is being kept at a government mortuary in Hazyview and if the DNA tests are negative the state will probably destroy the organ.
The police said the adult-sized circumcised penis had black powder around it, which made them believe that the grandfather was the victim of a muti murderer.
This is not the first time a severed human penis has been found in the province.
In 2004 a suspected serial killer and rapist, Kholizwe Masina, 21, made headline news when he reportedly took a severed, bloodied penis to a tavern where he threatened and frightened patrons with it.
Police said that they were not sure of the offence they would allege in investigating the case of the powdered penis.