Four men have appeared in a South African court facing charges of cannibalism after one allegedly walked into a police station declaring he was "tired" of eating human flesh.
This led police to a home in Rensburgdrift where more gruesome discoveries, believed to be human body parts, were made.
"A second suspect was also arrested in Estcourt".
"It is alleged the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed".
"Three of the suspects face charges of murder and charges relating to the possession of human organs and tissue", police spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said.
Traditional healer Nino Mbatha and three others appeared in the Estcourt Magistrate's Court on Monday after Mbatha handed himself over to police on Friday. "It's, however, very unlikely that mentally disturbed people can gang up to start eating people", notes Prof Gérard Labuschagne, ex-boss of the SAPS specialized Investigative Psychology Section. He said the allegations of cannibalism did not fit the profile of this. More body parts were found.
"When he was questioned, he produced part of a human leg and a hand".
"They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots".
"They showed us the body parts in one of the houses".
Labuschagne said the suggestion that this was a group crime was odd: "You do sometimes get a group of people, where one is mentally ill - sort of like a cult leader - and his followers have dependency issues".
"When the police were following this matter they discovered eight ears in a pot where one man was staying".
And in 2001, then 35-year-old Patrick Msane was caught eating human flesh on the Nkonka Reserve on the KZN South Coast. The three men face rape, murder and charges relating to possession of human tissue.