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South African 'healer' who ordered beheading of Indian-origin woman given life sentence

A court in Durban has sentenced the accused to life. (Representative image) Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Oct 08, 2017, 12.03 PM (IST)

A South African healer who ordered the murder of a 39-year-old Indian-origin woman for conducting witchcraft was been sentenced to life by a court in Durban on Saturday.

In 2014, Sibonakaliso Mbili had promised an accused in the case, Falakhe Khumalom, $153,000 if he brought him the head of an Indian, coloured or white woman.

Khumalom took the help of the other three accused, Thuso Stanley Thelejane, Mlungisi Ndlovu and Mbali Magwala, to kill the woman.

The accused lured Desiree Murugan, a sex worker, to a sports stadium in the township of Chatsworth near Durban and then stabbed her nearly 200 times before beheading her.

The woman's body was discovered by workers at the sports stadium in August. Her head was discovered a few days later in Infume, South Durban.
Coast, The Sun reported.

Khumalom had confessed to the murder and is serving a life sentence for killing the woman. Earlier this week, the Durban High Court jailed Thelejane and Ndlovu for 15 years. Magwala
was given a 12-year jail term because he only selected the victim and did not take part in the murder, the reports adds.


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