Furious family members allegedly torched two houses in a village after suspecting body parts had been stolen from a relative who died in a hit-and-run incident.
A Limpopo family went on the rampage after finding a relative with “missing body parts” after a hit-and-run incident near Giyani. Mbhazima James Makhubele, 53, died after being knocked down by a car on August 3.Violence then erupted in the Hlanganani area, outside Giyani. Police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said Makhubele’s relatives allegedly attacked a family they accused of being responsible for his death and torched two houses in the village.
Police reacted swiftly and restored calm to the area. “The complaint that some of the deceased’s body parts are missing is still a subject of ongoing police investigations,” said Ngoepe a 53-year-old man found dead on the side of the road after a hit-and-run accident near Giyani was found to have somebody parts missing as his family was preparing for his burial. Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the police arrived on the scene and found Mbhazima James Makhubele lying dead with multiple injuries.
A case of culpable homicide, as well as hit-and-run, was being investigated when the family informed police that some body parts were missing from Makhubele’s body. “They reported the matter to the police, who immediately got to the bottom of the concern by moving the body back to the mortuary, pending further police investigations. “The police had required further post-mortem on the issue and they are still awaiting the results, which will lead them further on what has really transpired. “The complaints that some of the deceased’s body parts are missing is a subject of police investigations,” Ngoepe said. The motor vehicle that knocked down Makhubele has not yet been found.
By Ntsako Philmah Gana