- Mar 27, 2007
Traditional healer Thokozani Msibi bragged as he showed off a mayonnaise jar he had used to store the body parts of Gabisile Shabane, a child with albinism he had allegedly killed as part of a muti ritual.
The high court sitting in Middelburg on Wednesday heard how Shabane’s private parts, breasts and the fat from her inner thighs were put together in the large glass jar and stored in Msibi’s indumba — a hut used by traditional healers — in Emalahleni (formerly Witbank).
This was the version of Msibi’s friend and neighbour, John Magutshwa, who hails from Eswatini. He told the court that he had arrived in Emalahleni in February 2018.
He said he went to Msibi’s indumba, but the traditional healer wasn't there. He called Msibi, who told him he was on his way but instructed him to go inside the hut, look into the centre and tell him what he could see.
“I entered the indumba and I saw something in a bottle of a mayonnaise. There was some fat and something blackish. I said to him it looks like the fat of a python. Msibi laughed and said he is coming,” Magutshwa testified.
“When he arrived, he found me seated outside. He greeted me and went into the indumba. He fetched the bottle and stood at the door. He called me and said let us go inside,” said Magutshwa, describing how Msibi had held the bottle in his hands.
“He said, ‘What’s in here is private parts, a breast, heart and the fat from between the thighs of a person living with albinism that we got from Hlalanikahle,’” Magutshwa told the court.
The court was told that a traditional healer boasted about how some of the body parts of Gabisile Shabane, a girl with albinism, were stored in a big mayonnaise jar after her murder.