Falakhe Khumalo, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a Chatsworth woman whose body was found beheaded last year, told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court yesterday that he and his co-accused travelled in a minibus taxi to Mfume to deliver the victim’s head in a backpack to a traditional healer.
Khumalo, 19, took to the witness stand yesterday to testify against his co-accused about the events of the night when Desiree Murugan, 39, was killed and her head cut off.
Khumalo was the first accused to confess to Murugan’s murder last year. On Tuesday, another man, Thuso Thelejane, confessed to the murder. He revealed that the traditional healer, who wanted the head of a coloured, white or Indian person, was Khumalo’s “contact”.
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The healer was to pay R2 million for the head, he said. Four other men, Mlungisi Ndlovu, Mbali Gwala, Sibonakaliso Mbili and Vusumuzi Gumede, have all pleaded not guilty to murder.
When Khumalo gave evidence yesterday, he looked relaxed. He seemed able to remember every detail of what happened on the night in question. He told the court how he lured Murugan to a sports field and gave details how the men chopped off her head after he “paid her for sex”.
Khumalo said he and Ndlovu took a taxi from Durban the next morning to deliver the head to a traditional healer known as “Mbili”.
“Upon arrival at the traditional healer’s home, we were invited to his rondavel house where we were told to take off our shoes before we could enter,” said Khumalo.
He said Mbili was extremely excited to see the head and introduced them to his colleague, known as “Gumede”.
“He said we did a very good job. We handed him the bag for him to see the delivery as promised,” said Khumalo. He said they did not get the R2 million payment on that day.
“I asked him about the money, but he told me that he had another commitment and that I should fetch the money the following morning.”
Khumalo said upon returning the next morning Mbili had another excuse. After being asked to look at a picture of the head from Murugan’s body to confirm if it was that of the woman they said they killed, he said: “Yes, she is the woman we killed.”
The case was adjourned until today.