More Muti Murders Rock KZN

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Earlier this week, I uploaded a post about the practice of harvesting body parts for Muti in South Africa. As shocking as the practice is, I was even more shocked to discover another similar case involving a government official in Kwazulu-Natal. A chopped hand was found after several would-be assassins were intercepted on their way to kill Kwazulu-Natal Premier, Dr. Zweli Mkhize. The hand was to be buried as muti before the assassination to give strength to the would-be killers.
The practice of harvesting body parts for Muti is not uncommon in South Africa. It’s also pretty common for those using muti to consume the flesh of the dead to make the muti more powerful.

The financier of the assassination attempt was King Melizwe Dlamini. It is alleged that he began planning the assassination after the Premier diverted some R1.1 billion in development funding from Dlamini’s Nhlangwini area on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. He hired five thugs who were to carry out the murder, one of them reported the on-goings to the police and this is how they were subsequently caught. According to reports, Police deny that they were given any information prior to the arrest of the suspects.

Incidents like this make the practice of acquiring human body parts seem even more real than before. It makes you wonder how often crimes like this are committed in South Africa. What do you make of the practice of consuming human flesh? It’s pretty gruesome, but it’s a practice found in a number of cultures around the world…

If you have any thoughts or information about muti-related crimes, please feel free to comment or email me at

To read our original post about muti murders, click here

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