Hundreds confess to eating human flesh in South Africa

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A South African man has reportedly walked into a police station and confessed he was exhausted of eating human flesh.

Police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele said Wednesday that the suspects have been arrested since Friday around the farming town of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Some of the men arrested allegedly raped, killed, chopped and ate the body of a woman, News24 reports.

Pic: The WitnessThe gruesome discovery soon led to the arrests of four cannibals - Nino Mbatha, 32; Lindokuhle Masondo, 32; Sthembiso Sithole, 31, and 30-year-old Lungisani Magubane.

The accused could face charges of contravening the Human Tissue Act of 1983 which prohibits possession of any human tissue or body part without a permit.

Three suspects are expected to appear in Estcourt Magistrate's Court on Monday for being in possession of human remains.

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At a community meeting following the arrests, hundreds of local residents allegedly confessed to eating human flesh purchased from one of the accused, reported News 24.

A police spokesperson said there is a high possibility that the young woman was not the first victim, and urged people whose relatives have disappeared in Estcourt to inform the police.

"He told them that digging up the graves would make them strong and protect them from harm and that bringing him the bones would bring them wealth in the future", Majola added.

"It was buried under big rocks and we had to call a TLB machine to remove the rocks". In the house one of them found a flower pot with human ears.

"It is alleged that the suspects raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed". More body parts were found.

The provincial Occult-Related Crime Unit is now investigating the claims, Mbhele said. They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots.