BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, A traumatized family from Clocolan in South Africa’s Free State Province will have to bury a relative for a third time after the body of Banta Ranthako was exhumed, but with the head missing.
Four men who are Lesotho nationals and a South African woman, all aged 32, have been arrested for violation of graves and possession of human body parts. One of the suspects is said to be a traditional healer.
Even in death Banta Ranthako has not found peace after his family was contacted when his grave was found open. They had to rebury him without a head after the arrest of the five suspects found with body parts, including a human head.
The family are now facing the traumatic task of burying him for the third time once DNA tests have been carried out following the recent gruesome find.
Sarah Ranthako, Banta Ranthako’s sister in-law, said monday: What happened is unbelievable. We have never ever experienced or seen anything like this before. The Ranthako family nor the community of Clocolan has never seen anything like this.
One of the arrested suspects is a traditional healer. The recovery of a human skull at his house led police to the other suspects. Police say the skull was dug out next to the door of his house. A human tongue was found inside the same suspect’s consulting room.
The State intends to oppose an application for bail when it is heard on Wednesday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK