Man arrested for possession of his mother’s skeleton

POLOKWANE- A young Limpopo man, 21 has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of his late mother’s skeleton, police said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said that police did discover that the suspect sometimes would carry his mother’s skull in a bag with him when he went to local shopping centres and banks.

He believed doing this would protect him from “any danger”.

Ngoepe said the suspect was arrested on Monday by Lebowakgomo police, outside Polokwane, for alleged grave violation which happened at Dithabaneng village in the Ga-Mphahlele area.

He added, “Members of the community noticed him moving around the village carrying a human skull and immediately summoned the police. Upon receiving this report, the police reacted swiftly and on arrival, they found a full human skeleton in the suspect’s house and arrested him,”

Allegedly the young man dugged up his mother grave at the local cemetery from December 2017. He mother was buried in 2001.

Ngoepe said, “He finally exhumed her bones in January 2018 and took them home.”

“The real motive behind this incident is still not clear at this stage but police investigations will tell as they are still unfolding.”

The suspect will appear at Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court as soon as the charge of violation of a gravesite is instated.

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