South African cannibal accused of slaughtering and eating a woman dies


  • A 23-year-old man accused of slaughtering and eating a woman in KwaBhaca - formerly Mount Frere - died on Tuesday morning.

    Aphiwe Mapekula died at the Nelson Mandela Central Hospital‚ where he was admitted after he was shot by police who were trying to apprehend him.

    When police arrived at the crime scene on Saturday‚ Thembisa Masumpa‚ 35‚ had been beheaded. Police said Mapekula was busy feeding on the dead body. 

    He allegedly ignored several warning shots to deter him and even when he was shot and wounded in the arm‚ leg and abdomen‚ he continued eating the woman's flesh. 

  • Health department provincial spokesman Sizwe Kupelo confirmed the death.

    "He was admitted on Saturday after he was transferred from Madzikane KaZulu Hospital in KwaBhaca with gunshot wounds and needed emergency surgery. He unfortunately died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at about 4.35am‚" said Kupelo.

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