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Man 'behind' muti mutilation dies

By unknown | Feb 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Benson Ntlemo

Benson Ntlemo

The case of an eight-year-old boy who had his private parts sliced off by an alleged muti merchant took another twist last week.

Lucky Msimango, 25, was later arrested for the attack on Fortune Khumalo from Jilongo village in Malamulele, Limpopo.

In an earlier court appearance, Msimango said he mutilated Khumalo's private parts for muti after being sent by his uncle, Risimati Msimango.

" He [Risimati] said if I got human parts for him, he and I would get lots of money out of their sale in Johannesburg."

Now Risimati is dead.

Risimati, who was running a shebeen in Polokwane, died last week in Jilongo village after a short illness and will be buried tomorrow.

"The man was supposed to have been buried last week, but because of lack of funds he will be buried this week," said a source in Jilongo.

A local traditional leader, John Jilongo, confirmed Risimati's death, and that he would be buried tomorrow.

However, it has not been established whether the police had made any contact with Risimati by the time of his death.

Msimango appeared again in the Malamulele magistrate's court yesterday in connection with the case.

He has been remanded in custody and the case was postponed to February 18 for a regional court date.

Risimati's death has been a talking point in Jilongo and surrounding villages this week, as people debated whether or not he was actually involved in the incident.


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