A jealous lover in South Africa stabbed a rival and cut out his heart before proceeding to eat it with a knife and fork.
Told Frederick van Wyk a police spokesperson in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township: ‘On the scene they found a suspect, a Zimbabwean national, busy eating the heart of a human with a knife and fork.’
Nomonde Soloshe, the woman at the center of the love triangle told police that her former lover had visited the house where she was living with her current partner, leading to the pair talking with each other before he gave her money to buy liquor.
Upon returning from the bottle store the woman found her current partner, 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona, had been stabbed. His face punctured with teeth marks.
Neighbors alerted by the commotion said they had peered through the house windows to see the man cutting out Manona’s heart and eating it.
‘The whole situation was crazy. We were shouting at him to stop, but he did not listen,’ one neighbor told.
‘Even when the police got here… the guys were scared to go in. They had to call for back-up.
‘You can’t really blame them — how do you go into a room with someone dripping another person’s blood out of his mouth?’
Added another: ‘When we got there the man kept muttering ”I am the king’ and declaring his undying love for the woman. He then cut the heart out and ate it before the police came and took him away,”
Western Cape deputy police commissioner Sharon Jephta said the motive for the murder was ‘definitely a love triangle.’
Victim Manona’s sister, Thembela, said her brother had been in a relationship with the woman for more than four years and ‘didn’t deserve to die in the hands of an animal.’
Clinical psychologist Ian Meyer described the act of removing Manona’s heart as a ‘primitive symbol of triumph.’
Adding the caveat that such cannibalism does exist in South Africa but is uncommon.
The woman’s former lover is expected to appear in court soon.
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