Cape Town - A Gugulethu man was killed by an attacker who then cut out his heart and ate it with a knife and fork.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said: “At the scene police found the suspect, a Zimbabwean national, eating the heart of a human with a knife and fork.”
A 35-year-old man was arrested.
Mbuyiselo Manona, 62, was killed at about 10.30pm on Tuesday.
Van Wyk said Manona had been stabbed in the chest. There were also bites on his neck and face.
A witness, Nkululeko Mpambo, said he had seen part of the attack through a window. He was too frightened to go into the house.
Mpambo said he saw a man sitting next to Manona’s body on the bedroom floor .
“His hands were bloody and he kept digging from the body and stuffing his face.”
Mpambo said when he followed police to the bedroom the alleged perpetrator had a piece of the heart dripping from his mouth.
Manona’s partner, Nomonde Tshabalala, said she knew the suspect because he did window-tinting jobs for them.
Tshabalala said the man had visited the couple and handed her a R50 to buy liquor at a nearby shebeen. When she returned she was told by their tenant not to enter.
“He said it’s messy. I was confused by that and forced my way in. That’s when I saw a pool of blood.
“I ran outside to ask for help from neighbours.”
Manona and Tshabalala had been living together for three years.
Shocked by the incident, Tshabalala said on Wednesday: “I don’t know what to do. This man has ruined my life. Mbuyi was a good, kind and very helpful man.”
She said that before the killing she and Manona had been sitting with a friend eating soup and steam bread he had prepared.
Manona’s sisters – Ntozanele, Nomonde and Thembela Manona – said they could not accept their elder brother’s death.
Nomonde said: “We are so hurt. He didn’t deserve to die like that. He was not a robber or gangster. He died in the hands of an animal.”
Thembela said she had spent most of Tuesday afternoon with her brother.
“He came to visit me at my house and we were watching movies all day. It was as if he had come to say goodbye to me.”
Ntozanele said her brother was a sweet and humble man who would never hurt a fly.
“We used to take our chances with him, but he would never shout at us. He loved music and grew up a sportsman. We are really going to miss him.”
Police said the motive for the murder was unclear.