National 27.7.2016 07:46 am

Limpopo ‘body parts merchant’ back in court

Edward Raatji and his co-accused Stanley Mohlake appeared at their bail application which was postponed by the Polokwane Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. PHOTO: ANA

Edward Raatji and his co-accused Stanley Mohlake appeared at their bail application which was postponed by the Polokwane Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. PHOTO: ANA

The man was caught allegedly transporting a woman’s skull and genitals to an undisclosed client at a taxi rank in Polokwane.

A suspected body parts merchant is expected to appear in the Mokerong Magistrates’ Court in Limpopo on Wednesday for a formal bail application.

Edward Raatji was arrested after he was caught allegedly transporting a woman’s skull and genitals to an undisclosed client at a taxi rank in Polokwane a fortnight ago.

Earlier, his co-accused, Stanley Mohlake, told the court that he only transported the human parts, unaware of what was inside the bag.

However, Mohlake abandoned his bail application after his matter was transferred from the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court to Mokerong.

When the case was called, Mohlake told Magistrate Charity Kekana that he had abandoned his bid to be released on bail.

Raatji, who was the first accused in the murder and contravention of corpses’ rights, continued with his bail application.

Raatji, a second-year law student at the University of Venda, told the court that he had three informal meetings with Mohlake prior to their arrest. He said he cancelled two meetings and plans to have a meeting with Mohlake, but could not explain why.

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They were arrested on July 10, after they were found “marketing unusual products” at a taxi rank in Polokwane.

The State alleged that the two men killed an unknown woman and chopped off her head and genitals.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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