By Rivalani Myambo: The family of a Limpopo melissa murdered by a Sangoma for her body parts still have unanswered questions.
Vusiwana Baloyi, 50, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for murder and five for robbery by the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou on Friday. The sentences would run concurrently.
“We are so happy for the sentencing of Baloyi, but we are still angry because he hasn’t told us about the missing body parts of our child,” family spokesperson and Mercy Ndou’s stepfather Reverend Jabulane Monegi said.
Ndou, 33, was killed in 2006.
Ndou had gone to Baloyi for advice at the time of the murder. They had a number of cellphone conversations. Baloyi said at his trial that he had consulted the ancestors by throwing bones to verify whether Mercy’s body might be used for ritual killings. He denied killing her.
Judge Khami Makhafola said Baloyi failed to show remorse, which showed he was beyond rehabilitation.
“This murder was planned and Baloyi was part of a conspiracy that cut short a young life. I find no compelling circumstances that could lead me to deviate from the minimum sentence.”
SADC Traditional Healers Union president, Sylvester Hlati, condemned the practice of ritual killings.
“It’s very sad if the police find human body parts in your refrigerator while you are claiming to heal people,” he said.