mutilation 'missed'

SHOCKED: Meldon Brown can't believe a doctor was blind to mutilation. © Sowetan.
SHOCKED: Meldon Brown can't believe a doctor was blind to mutilation. © Sowetan.

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A doctor could be arrested after he failed to disclose that a body he had examined during a postmortem was missing some of its parts.

The deceased, Clearance Brown, 25, was the victim of an alleged muti murder and his family want some answers after they realised that a testicle, brains and bones were missing from their son's body.

"Now how on earth can a medical doctor fail to see that certain body parts were missing?," Clearance's father, Meldon Brown, asked yesterday.

"I believe the police have been in cahoots with the doctor in their corrupt bid to hide the truth.

"The doctor must go down with these killers."

Brown' s body was exhumed from his grave in Oakley Trust near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga about three weeks ago after the police were tipped off that he was murdered for muti purposes.

Four men, including two of Brown's relatives, are trying to secure bail in the Mapulaneng magistrate's court after being arrested for the murder about three weeks ago.

Businessman Floyd Mokoena, 58, his son Sydney Toto Mokoena, 33, and two of Toto's friends, Justice Ndubane, 28, and Simon Nkosi, 32, are expected to continue applying for bail on Thursday and Friday this week.

Mokoena senior allegedly asked his son Toto to help him hunt down a relative so they could remove his body parts and use them to strengthen his businesses.

Toto allegedly persuaded the two friends to ambush his cousin, Clearance, on the night of February 23 when he returned from a drinking spree.

"The accused allegedly offered Clearance a lift home," Mpuma-langa police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said yesterday.

"But they attacked him on the way by cutting off his right testicle, removing his brain and certain bones from his body while he was still alive."

He said they then allegedly ran over Clearance with a Venture and left him to die on the road where he was bleeding profusely.

"This was meant to make it look like he had been a victim of a hit-and-run accident but their dirty tricks backfired nearly six months after the victim's funeral hence we were forced to exhume the body," Hlathi said.

He confirmed that a second postmortem had shown that the body parts were removed.

Hlathi confirmed that the possibility of arresting the doctor was high and depended on the outcome of the forensic investigations.