Butchered for muti while still alive

A murder trial began in a Nelspruit court this week that resembles the script of a horror movie. Four men appeared in the Nelspruit Circuit High Court for the muti murder of Mr Clarance Brown (25) on Monday.

Family and community members wore T-shirts branded with Brown’s photo to court. Businessman Mr Floyd Mokoena (63), his son Mr Sydney Toto Mokoena (38) and two of Sydney’s friends, Mr Justice Ndubane (33) and Mr Simon Nkosi (37) face charges of murder.

Brown’ s body was exhumed from his grave in Oakley Trust near Bushbuckridge in 2008, three weeks after the police had received a tip-off that he was murdered for muti purposes.

Two of the accused were related to the deceased.

Floyd allegedly asked his son to help him hunt down a relative so they could remove his body parts and use them to strengthen his businesses.

Sydney apparently persuaded his two friends to ambush his cousin, Brown, on the night of February 23, 2008, after returning from a night out.

Mpumalanga police spokes-man Col Leonard Hlathi said the accused allegedly offered Brown a lift home.

“But they apparently attacked him on the way by cutting off his right testicle, removing his brain and certain bones from his body while he was still alive.”

He said they then supposedly ran over Brown with a Venture and left him to die on the road where he bled profusely.

“This was meant to make it look like he had been a victim of a hit-and-run accident but their dirty tricks backfired nearly six months after the victim’s funeral hence we were forced to exhume the body,” Hlathi said.

The trial continues this week. – looklocal.co.za