JOHANNESBURG- The lead investigator in Karabo Mokoena case is still convinced that her murder was a ritual killing and revealed in an interview that 60% of her internal organs, including her heart were missing, when her burnt body was discovered by the cops.
Captain Malefestane Philip Radebe told TimesLIVE , “When the body was found‚ the body of Karabo‚ there were about 60% body parts missing … From my experience such things … you find in cases that are cult or maybe ritual-related matters‚”
He added, that all they found left was her skull, part of her rib on her upper body.
“Things that will direct the pathologist in terms of him making a decision‚ or making a direction in order to say: this is the cause of death‚ things like intestines‚ internal organs‚ they were not there.”
Radebe said because they found Karabo in such a state, “It also makes sense that there is high probability that this matter could be‚ was‚ a ritual murder‚”
He further claimed that the first witness he interviewed said that Mantsoe use to take Karabo, “to a certain place where they had to do this ritual”.
He said that two to three witnesses collaborated with the story making him believe that Karabo’s murder, “had something to do with some cult”.
“They were apparently cut somewhere on their bodies and their blood was mixed‚ and the purpose of that ritual was to tie them in terms of a relationship‚ in terms of them going financially‚ and part of the conditions of the ritual was that should any of the two separate … then one needs to be sacrificed in order to attain whatever the ritual was all about.”
So why was this evidence not produced in court? Prosecutor Phakanyiswa Marasela said the court did not accept the allegations of the ritual murder.
She said, “If the court does not accept it‚ then definitely I cannot accept it. Because‚ in the first place‚ it was said to a constable‚ and she testified about that ritual thing. But the court said we cannot accept. So I could not accept it.”
Watch the video her of the Constable reflections of the case- TimesLIVE
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