Heart eating cannibal declares 'I am the king'

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Police have confirmed that a 62-year-old man was stabbed to death, had his heart ripped out and eaten with a fork and knife.

CAPE TOWN - Policemen called out to a murder scene in Gugulethu, Cape Town who encountered a man eating the heart of his alleged victim with a knife and fork on Tuesday night are receiving counselling.

Western Cape deputy police Commissioner Sharon Jephta said: “It was very gruesome. We had to debrief our members and offer them support and put a further support system in place for them. We did that with those who were present in the house as well.”

Police were called out to the house in Malunga Park at about 10.30pm on Tuesday by a neighbour who had been woken by a commotion.

"On the scene they found a suspect, a Zimbabwean, eating the heart of a human with a knife and fork," said Western Cape police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk.

"[The police] were informed that the victim had been stabbed on the left side of his chest and in his neck, and had a bite mark on the right side of his face."

It is believed that the alleged murderer is the ex-lover of Nomonde Soloshe, a woman described as being in her fifties, the owner of the upmarket house where the murder happened and who drives a Mercedes Benz. The victim was her current boyfriend, Mbuyiselo Manona and the couple had been together for more than four years.

According to a report in The Times newspaper, a neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the man who raised the alarm rented a room at the back of Saloshe’s house. He said the former boyfriend had been hired to install windows at the house.

"When we got there the man kept muttering &39;I am the king&39; and declaring his undying love for the woman. He then cut the heart out and ate it before the police came and took him away," the neighbour told The Times.

This is the second time Soloshe’s lover has been murdered. She was married to Camps Bay businessman Bhekizulu Zulu, who in April 1996 discovered she was having an affair and instructed his attorney to start divorce proceedings and changed his will to exclude her.

On 2 June 1996 he was shot twice in the head by her then-lover Xolani Hobongwane – a day before he was scheduled to sign his new will. Zulu’s bodu was found two days after his murder, stuffed in the boot of his car which was parked at Cape Town International Airport. Soloshe was never implicated in the murder.

The murder suspect will appear in court soon.

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