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HORROR HOLE: The Clocolan muthi man stands next to the hole at his front door where a buried human head was found.  ~ 

THE gruesome discovery of a head buried in a hole has left a village stunned.

And the family who discovered their brother’s grave had been violated a month ago want the head returned to them.


A well-known sangoma in Clocolan, Eastern Free State has been arrested after cops dug out a human head in front of the door of his house on Thursday.

A human tongue was found in the house among other muthi.

Banta Ranthako was buried without his head last month.

Daily Sun first published a story on 6 June when his family discovered his grave had been partially opened and the lid of the coffin moved.

Later, cops discovered that the head was missing, as reported in Daily Sun on 9 June.

The dead man was buried without his head.

A resident said they were shocked at the discovery.

“The sangoma is well-known in our kasi and helped us when we went to consult. Now it appears he was involved in evil deeds. We want him out of our community.”

Disebo Ranthako (41) said she was very upset by what had happened and could not go to the scene.

“But my brothers went to look and they confirmed that it was my uncle’s head. We will wait for the police to give us the head so we can bury it with my uncle’s body.”

Sangoma Mamoya Rakauoane said no sangoma uses human parts to heal people.

“I urge people before they bury their loved once to do the right rituals so that that person can rest in peace,” Mamoya said.

SAPS spokesman Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini confirmed the incident and said: “A 32-year-old traditional healer was arrested and charged with possession of human parts.

“A case of violation of a grave was also added following an incident on 3 June, when a family discovered the grave of their loved one had been tampered with and a human tongue was found hidden in a plastic container.

“The human parts have been sent to Bethlehem mortuary where tests will be done to determine the ownership.

“The suspect will appear before the Clocolan Magistrates Court soon.”

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