Four suspects have appeared in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court later today after their arrest this weekend in Estcourt and Amangwe. In a horrifying claim, the suspects were allegedly in possession of human organs and tissue. It is further claimed that the suspects had consumed parts of the body of the person whom they allegedly murdered.

Meanwhile, the ANC Ukhahlamba Region office has strongly condemned the crime saying that they are “deeply disturbed and angered” by it.

Three suspects, aged 22, 29 and 32 respectively, face charges of murder and charges relating to the possession of human organs and tissue. A fourth suspect, aged 31, faces charges relating to the possession of human organs and tissue.

The suspects are alleged to have murdered a woman and then cut up her body, according to the police. “Allegations are that some of the suspects consumed some of her flesh while some of her body parts were shared with the fourth suspect in Amangwe. Human remains were found at one crime scene in Estcourt and another crime scene at Amangwe. At this time only one person is suspected of having been killed and her identity is as yet unknown,” said police.

The ANC said in a statement: “We pass our condolences to the families, friends and communities that have lost their loved ones in such a brutal manner. This has surely affected all communities, in particular the immediate families that were affected. We are angered and as well surprised that any human would do to another human what the accused have allegedly done to the deceased.

 “The ANC in the region is in full support of the communities and encourages its members to join the communities in expressing their disgust and bitterness on these recent activities and this in the main by allowing the law to take its tall.

“As the ANC, we will continue to fight crime working hand in hand with the institutions created by our people for safety, security and justice. This also insists the important role of structures such as CPF and neighbourhood watches in ensuring that such activities are quickly identified and reported to the relevant institutions for speedy actions,” said the statement.