Victim ‘alive when heart was cut out’

Cape Town - A Gugulethu man whose heart was cut from his chest was still alive when it was removed.

This was the testimony of Detective-Sergeant Mpumelelo Yengwa of Gugulethu police, investigating officer in the murder case against Andrew Chimbozo, 34, of Langa. Chimbozo applied for bail in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The victim, Mbuyiselo Manona. Credit: SUPPLIED

Chimbozo was arrested on June 10 for allegedly killing and eating the heart of Mbuyiselo Manona, 62, of Gugulethu’s Malunga Park.

On Wednesday, Chimbozo testified that he stabbed Manona with a fork and then a knife in self-defence after he was headbutted in the face.

He denied eating the man’s heart.

But the heart was missing from the body, Yengwa told the court.

“The pathologists told me the heart was not present in the deceased’s body during the autopsy. When the heart was taken out the deceased was still alive.”

Yengwa said he had been called to the house Manona shared with Nomonde Tshabalala at 11pm on the night of Manona’s death.

Three police constables were already there and Chimbozo had been arrested.

“Manona was lying on his back, facing up.

“I noticed he had a big wound on the right side of his neck, wounds on his chest and a big hole under the left breast side.”

He added that there was blood all around his body, and three bread knives as well as a bloodied fork nearby.

“There was raw meat (the heart) cut into small pieces next to the body.”

The policeman had also attended the autopsy where pathologists allegedly told him the heart was not present inside the body.

Prosecutor Quawnita Geiger asked whether there was any evidence that Chimbozo had eaten the heart. Yengwa said several witnesses had seen this, including the first constable to arrive.

“According to his statement, he saw Chimbozo eating raw meat and he had blood on his hands and mouth.”

Yengwa told the court that he was opposed to bail because Chimbozo was a flight risk, residents had petitioned not to have him released, that he might try to commit suicide and that it was a very serious offence.

During cross-examination by legal aid lawyer Tracey Dowman, for Chimbozo, Yengwa conceded that the petition was signed by only 100 residents and that the autopsy report had not been finalised.

Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis postponed the matter to Monday.