Traditional healer gets life for “pure evil” murder

A traditional healer who hanged a teenager and then cut off his head, keeping it in a clay pot, because he wanted to use human body parts for muti purposes was given a life sentence in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
Sibusiso Phumlani Ngidi (34) and his accomplice, Khanyisile Khusi, had confessed on Monday that they had killed Mxolisi Langazana in May last year. Acting Judge Anand Maharaj described the killing of 17-year-old Langazana as brazen, brutal and barbaric and said no amount of greed could justify it.
Ngidi, from Nkothaneni, near Margate, said in his confession that he and four women decided that Ngidi, who had frequented their home, was to be their victim.
On the day of the murder they all, including Langazana, consumed “Smirnoff and 12 bottles of Black Label beer”.
“I made a rope with a hook and tied it to the upper part of my double storey rondavel,” he said.
At 2 am, he told Langazana that he wanted to play a game with him.
“I told him to place the rope over his neck and as soon as he felt the rope tightening on him I would release the rope,” said Ngidi.
Thinking it was a joke, Langazana did as he was told. Ngidi and his assistants then pulled the rope.
One of them cut off Langazana’s head and placed it in a clay pot.
“We thereafter placed the remainder of all the body parts in a washing basin and covered it with a metal sheet. We then dug a hole and buried the body,” he said.
A few months later, they dug up the body and chopped it up and “ground” some of the remains.
The body parts were placed in a pot and covered with a table cloth.
“I believe that these actions had made me more powerful for my activities as a traditional healer,” he said.
Ngidi said Temba then contacted him and asked for the remaining body parts. He wrapped them up in a cloth and was arrested on the way to Temba’s house.
Khusi confirmed the details in her guilty plea.
The traditional healer told the court that he wanted to have more power as a healer and was advised by another healer, only described as Themba, that killing a person and using the body parts for muti would help retain customers.
Acting judge Maharaj said the killing was pure evil, demonic and showed that ubuntu had been lost by the two. He said while the pair was first time offenders and had promised to provide further evidence to the state, their deed showed that they had put profitability ahead of human life. The two were granted leave to appeal the sentence.

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Maritzburg Sun Reporter

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