I am exhausted of eating human flesh, suspected cannibal tells cops

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A cannibal has handed himself in to a South African police station, presenting officers with a woman's leg and hand and telling them: "I am exhausted of eating human flesh".

The house where body parts were said to have been found in KwaZulu-Natal Four men have appeared in a South African court facing charges of cannibalism.

Crowds of residents gathered outside the town's magistrates court today as the trio, aged 22, 29 and 32, appeared on murder charges.

"They admitted that they were waiting for the body parts to attract maggots".

This led police to a home in Rensburgdrift where more gruesome discoveries, believed to be human body parts, were made.

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"They are usually experiencing audio and/or visual hallucinations - hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there - and having weird thoughts like "I must eat this body part as it will make me powerful".

Cannibalism in itself is not a crime in South Africa, but murder, mutilating a corpse and being in possession of human tissue are all criminal offences. A fourth suspect faces charges of possessing human flesh and tissues.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that the task at hand centred on identifying the mortal remains found at the crime scenes.

"Allegations are that some consumed some of her flesh while some of her body parts were shared with the fourth suspect in Amangwe".

"A second suspect was also arrested in Estcourt and a third in the Amangwe area". The three suspects are alleged to have murdered a woman and then cut her body up. More body parts were found.

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