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A CANNIBAL caught scoffing a woman he beheaded has died in hospital after a police shoot out.

The Sun reports Aphiwe Mapekula, 23, collapsed in a hail of bullets with arm, leg and stomach injuries when police tried to arrest him at his home.

He apparently ignored several warning shots as he continued to eat Thembisa Masumpa's raw flesh.

Officers finally opened fire on him when he attacked them with a knife, police said.

Mapekula is said to have slit 35-year-old Thembisa's throat and hacked off her head in Mount Frere, South Africa, on 9 September.

His horrified mum called police after witnessing the gruesome slaughter.

But officers said he was tucking in to Thembisa's raw flesh by the time they turned up.

He then attacked them with a knife before being shot, said police Captain Edith Mjoko.

A cannibal caught scoffing a woman he beheaded has died in hospital after a police shoot out.
A cannibal caught scoffing a woman he beheaded has died in hospital after a police shoot out. Facebook

He was then taken to hospital where he died a few days later on September 12.

Mapekula's devastated mother said: "I never raised a son like this one. I never imagined this."

But neighbours said she did odd jobs at his home and was washing in the back yard when he attacked her.

Captain Mjoko said: "He killed her with a knife by cutting her throat.

"When the mother of the suspect saw what was happening she rushed and called the police to the scene.

"When they arrived the suspect was busy eating the flesh of the deceased.

"Police ordered him to stop and to hand himself over.

"He went berserk and stormed at them with the knife.

"Several warning shots were fired to deter him but in vain."

Mayor Bulelwa Mabengu suspected Mapekula could have been drugged up.

Aphiwe Mapekula collapsed in a hail of bullets when police tried to arrest him.
Aphiwe Mapekula collapsed in a hail of bullets when police tried to arrest him. Facebook

"I believe that drugs and substance abuse was a major contributing factor and yearn to call upon law authorities to show a more proactive visibility in our area," she told RNews.

Mapekula was under police guard when he died at Nelson Mandela Hospital‚ Mthatha.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told TimesLive: "He was transferred with gunshot wounds and needed emergency surgery. But he unfortunately died."

It is the second cannibal horror case to hit South Africa in three weeks.

Six men are in custody after a woman was reportedly raped, murdered and butchered before parts of her were eaten in Estcourt.

And in Nigeria, a man was accused of giving guests soup from a murdered clergyman's corpse.

Roland Peter, 47, was arrested while allegedly preparing a dish in his kitchen with the man's liver and intestines in Edoha.

News Corp Australia


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