A Pietermaritzburg mortuary owner has blown the whistle on what is believed to be a muthi syndicate.
On Monday Ntokozo Shangase alerted police to bodies in his mortuary that had vital body parts, including their privates, missing.
Two men, Paulos Mokoena, 25, and Bongukuthula Msomi, 28, employees at Ndlelanhle Funeral Services in Edendale, were arrested and appeared in court yesterday on charges of contravening the Human Tissue Act.
The case was postponed to next week and they were remanded in custody. It is not clear how long this practice had been going on.
Owner Shangase yesterday said it was the first time he realised that this was happening at his mortuary.
The suspects had been working at the mortuary for about 12 months. Shangase and his security guards had not noticed any irregularities.
On Monday Shangase called the police to the mortuary after noticing that three bodies - two female - had died of natural causes but had body parts missing.
Both females' right eyes and sexual organs had been removed, while the male also had his right eye removed.
Shangase yesterday said the suspects' duties were to load, off-load, wash and dress the corpses.
"I was there when they off-loaded the bodies," Shangase said. "I noticed the corpses had one eye missing and no one could provide an explanation for that."
He called the police and Msomi and Mokoena were arrested.