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Human foot found in shopping centre parking lot

29.11.2012

Police investigate after a human foot was found in the parking lot of the shopping plaza in Site C, Khayelitsha, on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

A human foot found in the parking lot of the new shopping plaza in Site C, Khayelitsha on Wednesday afternoon has residents speculating about whether or not it was muthi related

The foot was found late on Wednesday afternoon, the same day of the shopping plaza opened.

It’s believed the foot was dropped by a group of young boys.

A security guard who did not want to be named said the boys were kicking something in a potatoes bag.

“When we chased them they dropped something, we only realised later that it was a human foot,” said the guard

Police at the scene alleged that the foot might have been size five to seven, most likely belonging to a boy.

The news of the grisly find spread quickly, with residents arriving in numbers to see for themselves. However, guards would not allow them through the gate at the entrance to the parking lot.

“It’s a Muthi, maybe they want to chase away customers” one resident shouted.

The incident came after the Tuesday the opening of the new plaza had to be postponed when a group of about 50 residents protested over jobs being given to people from outside the community.

The centre also had to deal with a burst water pipel.

According to traditional healer Mawonga Mtyaphi, the foot could have been used as Muthi to bring trouble to the business owners.

“The foot will not chase away customers, but it will cause a lot of conflict between the management,” said Mtyaphi.

He said if the foot was found in a home, the family could hold a cleansing ceremony, “but it’s going to be hard now it happened in a shopping centre,” he said.

Another traditional healer, Mxolisi Simelane from Swaziland, agreed with Mtyaphi, saying the foot might have been put there to create difficulties for the business owners.

Neither police nor the plaza’s Shoprite management responded to questions before going to press. - Nombulelo Damba

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