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Limpopo police probe rise in body parts theft

Police say six suspects have been arrested and tip-offs have led to more revelations of disturbed graves and missing body parts.

Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police say they are investigating a rise in the theft of body parts from corpses in Thohoyandou.

The police's Moatshe Ngoepe says six suspects have been arrested and tip-offs have led to more revelations of disturbed graves and missing body parts.

The arrested suspects are set to appear in court this week.

Limpopo police say forensic pathologists have exhumed five graves in the past month, with the latest one exhumed in Tshitavha outside Thohoyandou on Friday.

Ngoepe says before this grave, pathologists found missing body parts when they exhumed two graves belonging to 18-month-old twins a week ago.

He says traditional healers are among those arrested.

“Our investigations are still unfolding and a number of suspects were arrested, including traditional healers.”

He says they cannot rule out ritual activity as the motive.

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