'Cannibal' killer to be sentenced on Wednesday


Andrew Chimboza appears in the Western Cape High Court on February 3 2015 in Cape Town. Chimboza, dubbed the Cannibal Killer, allegedly ate Mbuyiselo Manona's heart after he stabbed him to death last year.

CAPE TOWN – A Zimbabwean who killed and mutilated his ex-client&39;s boyfriend will hear later this week whether he is to serve 15 years or more for his crimes, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Judge Ashley Binns-Ward listened to final arguments today and said he would sentence 35-year-old Andrew Chimboza on Wednesday.

According to Chimboza&39;s lawyer, Yasmine Rajap, the minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment for murder was appropriate in the absence of substantial and compelling circumstances.

She said Chimboza, who had pleaded guilty to killing 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona, was remorseful, had spent almost eight months in custody, and was a first-time offender.

Rajap said she believed that her client&39;s anger issues could be rehabilitated through programmes and psychotherapy in prison.

"I am asking the court to give the benefit of the doubt to the accused – that there is a chance of rehabilitation."

Unable to refer to previous South African cannibalism cases, Rajap cited the case of Mark Scott-Crossley, one of the men who was jailed for throwing a worker&39;s body to lions in Hoedspruit in 2004. Scott-Crossley was released on parole in 2008.

She said there was a difference between throwing an injured man or a corpse to lions. "The revulsion that one has for another human being eating human flesh should be tempered accordingly," she said.

Chimboza stated in his plea explanation that he stabbed Manona to death at the home of a former client in June last year after a disagreement.

He alleged Manona attacked him with a knife, and that he retaliated by kicking him in the groin, stabbing him in the neck with a fork, and then repeatedly stabbing him in the neck, chest, and abdomen with a knife.

Manona, who was his ex-client&39;s lover, apparently accused Chimboza of having sex with his partner.

The doctor who performed the post-mortem was presented with a bag containing neatly diced pieces of Manona&39;s heart.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Sibiya argued that a jail term of 20 years would serve as a deterrent, not only to Chimboza but to other would-be offenders.

She recommended the sentence because the murder was gruesome and because she did not believe the accused was truly remorseful.

While the State would like to see Chimboza rehabilitated, Sibiya said the chances of success were slim because he was not being truthful in court.

Sibiya said it was bizarre that he had remembered the events leading up to the murder so clearly, but struggled to remember the actual murder, and was then adamant that he had not eaten Manona&39;s heart.

"My submission is that the reason why the accused does not want to disclose what happened… is because he did not want to paint a negative picture of himself."