/ 19 August 2005

Spate of suspected muti murders in the Eastern Cape

The body of a nine-year-old boy who went missing a week ago has been found with parts missing, an Mthatha police spokesperson said on Thursday.

Captain Sherine Reddy said Yamkela Mabhuda’s body was found in Mt Ayliff on Tuesday.

The boy went missing from his home in Manzana in Mt Ayliff in the Eastern Cape on August 10.

The incident follows the murder of two boys, six-year-old Hlumelo Mbadlanyana and 12-year-old Sakhiwo Mvemve, last Thursday at Norwood in Mthatha. Their throats were slit and bloody stones were found next to their bodies.

Last month two men were decapitated in Ngangelizwe near Mthatha in what police suspected might have been a muti murder.

Police had not yet arrested anyone for either of the incidents. – Sapa