An alleged cannibal accused of killing a Gugulethu man and eating his heart with a knife and fork, cried in court.
Andrew “Master Benson” Chimbozo, 34, appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. His bail application was postponed until next month, and he was referred to the district surgeon to determine if he needed mental observation.
Chimbozo, a black Zimbabwean who lives in Langa, visited Nomonde Tshabalala in Gugulethu on June 10, and gave her money to buy liquor at a local shebeen.
It is alleged that while she was gone he stabbed her partner Mbuyiselo Manona, 62. Police arrived to find him eating Manona’s heart with a knife and fork.
On Thursday, Chimbozo emerged from the holding cells to the jeers of a packed public gallery.
Chimbozo cried silently throughout the brief proceedings and did not utter a word. As he turned to face the public benches on his way back down to the holding cells, disparaging comments from the crowd were audible.
A legal aid consultant remarked that after spending some time with Chimbozo, she felt sorry for him. She said he was polite, well-spoken and a “very nice man”.
Outside court, Letisha Vapi was coming to terms with the idea that the alleged cannibal was her niece’s partner.
Linetti Vapi, who has been in a relationship with Chimbozo for two years, is in hospital with tuberculosis.
Her aunt said Chimbozo had always treated her well, and visited her in hospital every day. “Even the day he killed somebody, he went to hospital first,” Letisha said. “He treated Linetti as a lady. He gave her everything. We were surprised when we heard about this.”