News: Two arrested after attempt to sell a human head for R200 in Durban


The suspects attempted to sell the head for about R200 to traditional healers, who then alerted police.

Durban Central Police officers arrested two men for allegedly trying to sell a human head to traditional healers in the Warwick Triangle area on Thursday afternoon, Berea Mail reports.

According to Durban Central communications officers Captain Kephu Ndlovu, traditional healers who ply their trade at Julius Nyerere (Warwick) Avenue alerted police.

“Two suspects aged 24 and 20 years old were found selling the human head, which had two visible teeth and ears. It is alleged the suspects were looking for scrap metal at dump sites in Sherwood near Benela when they found the head,” Ndlovu said.


The suspects were attempting to sell the head for about R200 to traditional healers. Both suspects were arrested for being in possession of human body parts.

They will appear in court in due course for violating the National Health Act and face criminal charges of violation of a grave. The suspects are believed to be vagrants who both live under a bridge in Mayville.


Police last month discovered the burnt body of a woman under a bridge in Mahwelereng, suspected to be linked to the arrest of two people found in possession of a woman’s head in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the woman’s identity was not yet known and that investigations were continuing to determine whether the head found on Sunday was hers.

Two men were arrested after police found them in possession of a woman’s head wrapped in newspapers.

Police had followed up on a tip-off about suspects selling human body parts. The pair were stopped in Polokwane and their vehicle searched. They were arrested for being in possession of a human head.

The Citizen