‘They were going to cut off my balls’


ANDANI Thovhakale (21) had heard about people being killed in ritual murders.

But he never thought he ran the risk of becoming a victim until last week.

Andani from Maniini outside Thohoyandou, Limpopo said he visited friends in Muledane, just a short walk away across the road on Saturday.

But on his way home that evening, as he was crossing the road, a bakkie pulled up with three men in the front and five at the back.

“They were carrying knives. And instead of giving me a lift home, they took me in the direction of Tswinga,” he said.

“I got the fright of my life when I overheard them whispering to one another, saying they were going to cut off my balls.”

That’s when Andani threw himself out of the speeding bakkie.

“I imagined myself being cut up alive and decided it was better to die on the road than be cut up piece by piece while still alive.”

Despite his open wounds, Andani said he ran to his village and a neighbour helped him to call the police.

The police took him to the hospital.

“I want to warn others about the dangers of walking alone at night,” he said.

“There are evil people out there waiting to grab whatever victims they come across.”

He said he did not open a case as he could not recognise any of his attackers.

Vhembe is known for ritual murders, with 2006 being the worst year.

Captain Ndidzulafhi Nelufule, a Limpopo police spokesman, said the man is still free to open a case at his local police station.

“There is no such thing as an old crime, a case can be opened at any given time.” – B-Metro

— Daily Sun

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