Police still investigating grisly case of human organs


The five suspects, who were arrested in connection with the harvesting of human organs in Clocolan, will remain in custody while the police continue investigating the case.

The accused, Mpho Mokhethi (32), Moeketsi Lekoko (34), Moabe Ramoabe (32), Khotso Monyobo (32), and Mamodibedi Moketetsa (32) had their bail application turned down because they are regarded as a flight risk. Three of the suspects are from Lesotho.

The five were arrested in July when the police uncovered a human skull and tongue hidden at the house of one of the suspects.

The police had received a tip-off from a reliable informant about human parts being hidden at a house in Hlohlolwane, Clocolan.

The police said the skull had been dug up next to the door and the tongue was found in a plastic container in the consulting room of the first suspect, Mokhethi.

Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini, SAPS spokesperson, said the initial investigation revealed the suspects had been practicing as traditional healers.

The suspects face charges of violating a grave and possession of human organs.

Dhlamini said the human remains had been taken to the Bethlehem forensics unit for tests to determine the possible origin thereof.

In June, municipal workers reportedly found that the grave of Banta Petrus Ranthako (63) had been disturbed. Investigations revealed that his head had been removed.