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A 31-year-old bricklayer and member of the Zion Christian Church was sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to sell the genitals of a man he had strangled to death.
Amos Patrick Mathebula of Groblersdal, Mpumalanga, murdered Charles Mangena Matsilele and cut off his genitals in Ogies near Witbank. This after the two had an argument early last year.
Mathebula then tried to sell Matsilele's genitals to a co-worker for R1500.
Mathebula pleaded guilty to murder before Judge Nico Coetzee in the Middelburg circuit court on Tuesday and was found guilty as charged.
Sentencing was postponed to Thursday, when he was given an effective 15 years imprisonment after he refused to take the witness stand during pre-sentence mitigation.
The judge described him as a first offender.
The court heard that the victim and Mathebula had argued fiercely because Matsilele had insisted heavy drinking had caused the collapse of the Inkatha Freedom Party's branch in the area.
Mathebula, according to testimony before court, warned Matsilele to refrain from repeating the allegation, but he refused to stop.
The two men got into a fight and Mathebula grabbed Matsilele and throttled him to death.
He then cut off Matsilele's genitals and put them in a plastic bag inside the worker's refrigerator at the Riverside Lodge, near Loskop Dam, where they were working.
Days later he approached one of his co-workers and offered to sell him the genitals for R1500 and even told him where he had kept them.
Later the co-worker secretly went to the refrigerator and checked the bag to see if Mathebula had been telling the truth. He found the genitals in a plastic bag among other bags containing food.
The co-worker then alerted the police who also checked and confirmed the bag contained human genitals.
During their visit Mathebula confessed to having murdered Matsilele and then led the police to the decomposing mutilated body.
During the short trial in Middelburg last week, Mathebula pleaded guilty to murder and refused to take the witness stand in mitigation. He also refused to call any witnesses.
Judge Coetzee sentenced him to 15 years in jail, saying Mathebula had not shown any sign of remorse.