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South African police arrest 5 people on cannibalism charges

File photo of Durban Central Police Station, Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa.
File photo of Durban Central Police Station, Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa. Ian Walton/Getty Images

JOHANNESBURG – South African police and media say five people have been arrested on charges including murder and possession of human body parts after one of them walked into a police station, said he was tired of eating human flesh and produced part of a human leg and a hand.

Police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele said Wednesday that the suspects have been arrested since Friday around the farming town of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal province. She says the arrest of the man who entered the police station led to the other arrests and the recovery of more body parts.

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Local media say one suspect is believed to be a traditional healer.

The News24 media outlet quotes local official Mthembeni Majola as saying some residents confessed to eating human flesh provided by the suspect.

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