Dec 9, 2021

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Traditional healer accused of killing child with albinism denies it all

Although body parts were found in his hut, Thokozani Msibi, the traditional healer and alleged mastermind in the murder of Gabisile Shabane, has denied any involvement in her gruesome murder.

Numerous witnesses in the murder case have testified, how Msibi had encouraged them to find a person with albinism to sacrifice “get rich quick” rituals.

But when Msibi was on trial Wednesday, he claimed they were all lying.

Cross-examined by the Middelburg Supreme Court, Msibi said that when he was arrested in 2018, he had no idea what his alleged crimes were and only learned of the gruesome allegations when he went to court.

But prosecutor Ntsika Mpolweni asked him how Shabane’s head and hand ended up in his Indumba , a traditional hut. Msibi said, “I was also shocked when the police showed me these body parts. I don’t know how they got there.

“On the day Gabisile and Nkosikhona were kidnapped, I was in Mbombela, where I accompanied my sick friend to a healer.

“I never conspired with anyone looking for someone who lived with albinism.”

The traditional healer is accused of spearheading a plan that resulted in the 13-year-old Shabane was kidnapped along with her 15-month-old nephew, Nkosikhona Ngwenya, from their home in Hlalanikahle in Emalahleni (formerly Witbank).

According to earlier testimony, Nkosikhona was an unintentional victim in the kidnapping. The intruders had mistaken the fair-skinned toddler for another child who lived in the same house with albinism. Realizing their mistake, they allegedly threw Nkosikhona into a swamp near the N4, where he drowned. His decomposed body was found weeks later.

The court heard how Shabane, on the other hand, was forced to drink an alcoholic beverage with brake fluid and also smoke dagga before she was killed and dismembered. Her body parts were removed and she was buried in a shallow grave on a farm in Cullinan that witnesses said belonged to Msibi.

A few days later, her killers returned to the grave where they took her body beheaded and even chopped up from their hands – all to make their muti even more powerful.

Some of Shabane’s body parts – including part of her skull and a hand – were found in the premises where Msibi consulted, while other parts had already been sold to other clients, according to earlier testimony. The rest of the body was found in Cullinan.

Msibi’s alleged involvement in Shabane’s murder was testified by several witnesses, including another traditional healer, Sipho Ndlovu, from Eswatini.

Ndlovu last week testified that he was shocked when his brother-in-law, Mfanasibili Gamedze, who is also a traditional healer, asked him for help along with Msibi in 2018.

Ndlovu said the couple told him how they were doing Shabane killed because of her body parts and now needed powerful Muti not only to cleanse them but also to help them escape the police. They had traveled to Eswatini with Shabane’s body parts. The two men, Ndlovu said, even offered him part of Shabane’s skull as payment for his help. He refused.

Ndlovu told the court that he was disgusted by their act and instead gave them Muti to tense their stomachs and sent them to a meaningless ritual on the steppes. He contacted the police as soon as they left his premises.

The traditional healer was bold when he looked Msibi in the eye last week and told him he was “not a healer, but a witch”.

Gamedze was arrested in Eswatini and died in police custody before he could be extradited to the SA to face a trial related to Shabane’s murder.

But Msibi told the court on Wednesday that he had never met Ndlovu before and saw him for the first time in court. “

” I don’t know how he knows me from, “Msibi said.

Msibi said the court that the farm where Shabane’s body was found was not his and belonged to his girlfriend. She is expected to testify in the trial.

Msibi is on trial alongside Mthobisi Brilliant Mkhize and Knowledge Wezi Mhlanga.

Mhlanga had given the police a statement in which he gave his Detailed role in the kidnapping and murder of Shabane. That happened shortly after his arrest, but since then he has made a U-turn, saying he was beaten and suffocated and coached by the police on what to say.

But after a trial-within-one – The court dismissed judge Heinrich Brauckmann on Tuesday all allegations of bodily harm. Brauckmann said Mhlanga was never attacked or threatened to testify and that his testimony would be entered as evidence in court.

Meanwhile, another defendant, Josiah Themba Thubane – a teacher, was pleading who turned into a businessman – He was guilty of his involvement in the 2019 murder. He had confessed to reaching out to Msibi to find Muti to help run his troubled rental business.

He told the court, as Msibi had told him, that the answer was to his problems the limbs of someone living with albinism, and so he was involved in the abduction of Shabane.

Thubane was due to testify in the trial of Msibi and the two co-defendants, but last week TimesLIVE learned he was behind Bars sick and died.

At least two other people, one of whom confessed to helping excavate and damage Shabane’s body, were not charged when they became state witnesses. In return for telling the court everything they knew about Shabane’s gruesome murder, they received immunity.