Body parts found in plastic bag dragged by dog

BODY parts suspected to be those of an elderly woman allegedly killed for muthi purposes were found being dragged in a plastic bag by a dog near a school yesterday.

The dog dragged the plastic bag near Mahonisi Primary School in Malamulele, Limpopo, in the morning.

"We saw the dog struggling to pull this plastic bag outside the school. We went outside the school to see what was in the bag.

"We found human breasts and lips in the bag. We could not believe our eyes," an eyewitness said.

Members of the community called the police, who took the plastic bag away.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed that police found lips and breasts in the plastic bag.

Mojapelo said the police would take the body parts for testing as part of their investigations to determine who they belonged to.

The incident took place just days after angry residents of Mahosini and surrounding villages marched to the local police station demanding that the Malamulele magistrate's court should not grant bail to five "muthi murder" suspects.

Solomon Mathebula, 35, Risenga Zitha, 33, Makhauza Jowa, 60, Patrick Dengeza, 32, and Sarah Maluleke, 35, appeared briefly in the Malamulele magistrate's court.

The five are accused of killing 74-year old granny Tsetswawani Maria Maceke, whose body parts were allegedly removed for muthi purposes.

Maceke's corpse was found by her granddaughter covered in blood last Saturday morning in her RDP house at Mahonisi village near Malamulele. Her genitals, breasts, lips and eyes had been removed.