A “CANNIBAL” walked in a police station holding a human leg and told cops “I’m tired of eating human flesh”, a court heard yesterday.

Nino Mbatha, 33, is said to have handed in part of a human leg and a hand to a police station.

Nino Mbatha allegedly walked into a police station holding a human leg

More remains were discovered in a nearby house before officers were led to a woman’s mutilated body under some rocks in Estcourt, South Africa.

Mbatha, Lungisani Magubane, 31, and Khayelihle Lamula, 33, have been charged with the murder of 24-year-old mum Zanele Hlatshwayo.

Mbatha, who is also said to be a traditional healer, has also been charged with “handling human tissue”.

Prosecutors say Magubane and Lamula went to Mbatha for medicine for good luck.

Zanele Hlatshwayo was killed and her body was mutilated

Mbatha told them the ancestors insisted that blood needed to be spilled.

Later it was reported Lamula found Zanele drunk and she agreed to get into his car.

All three suspects have pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Sithembiso Sithole, 31, was arrested and charged but reportedly killed himself in jail awaiting trial

The woman’s body was found in August 2017 after one of the suspects reportedly led community members and police to where it was hidden.

Local councillor Mthembeni Majola said at the time: “It was buried under big rocks and we had to call a machine to remove the rocks.

“They showed us the body parts in one of the houses.

“They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbheke said Mbatha showed the human leg and it had a foul smell

“Apparently maggots collect money for them.”

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbheke said the suspects were arrested after Mbatha walked into the Estcourt station with the human leg.

She said: “When he was questioned, he produced part of a human leg and a hand.

“Further investigation led police to a house where they were met with a foul smell, and more human remains were found.



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