Police shot and killed a man after he refused to stop eating a woman he beheaded at his home in Mount Frere.
Aphiwe Mapekula, 23, died in a South African hospital after being shot in the arm, leg, and stomach by officers who fired at him as he continued to feast on a woman he had beheaded despite their requests that he stop.
This isn’t the first incident of cannibalism on the East Cape in recent months. Four men were charged with raping, killing and consuming parts of a woman near Durban last month.
The incident with Mapekula occurred last week when police arrived at his Mount Frere home to find him eating 35-year-old Thembisa Masumpa. Mapekula reportedly beheaded Masumpa following a family argument.
Local media outlets reported that Mapekula ignored several warning shots intended to get him to stop before police ceased trying to warn him. He also allegedly attacked a female medic at the hospital on Sep. 12, before dying a short while later.
Mapekula’s mother first alerted authorities after she saw her son attack Masumpa as the woman was leaving their home. She told the Daily Dispatch: “I never raised a son like this one. I never imagined this.”
Onlookers said Masumpa helped the family around the home with various small tasks and was in the backyard of the home, washing, when Mapekula attacked her.
Local police spokeswoman Captain Edith Mjoko said, “He killed her with a knife by cutting her throat. When the mother of the suspect saw what was happening, she rushed and called the police to the scene.
“When they arrived, the suspect was busy eating the flesh of the deceased. Police ordered him to stop and to hand himself over. He went berserk and stormed at them with the knife. Several warning shots were fired to deter him, but in vain.”
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