Body-parts case postponed

A Durban hospital cleaner accused of dealing in human body parts appeared at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, covering her face from the public gallery.

Hloniphile Jeaneth Sokhela (32) is accused of contravening the Human Tissue Act after police allegedly found human body parts and a placenta in her possession.

Sokhela was arrested last week on Sunday in the Parklands Hospital parking lot in Durban.

Police suspect the body parts were destined for the “muti market”.

Wearing a red and pink head piece, Sokhela appeared at court applying for bail.

Magistrate Irfaan Khallil said Sokhela earlier indicated to police that she would plead guilty but had changed her mind.

He said police needed more time to verify her physical address before she could apply for bail.

Sokhela has been remanded in police custody until her next appearance on October 26.—Sapa

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