This is an award-winning SABC3 programme Special Assignment “Strong Medicine” by Journeyman Pictures, about corrupt inyangas* who claimed to be selling human organs in Johannesburg.
The investigation showed networks trafficking in human body parts in contravention of the Human Tissues Act. The body parts were sold to people desperate for cures for illness and financial good luck.
A corrupt inyanga was exposed operating from under a bridge in Eloff Street Extension, selling what were believed to be human body parts. The same man is also shown introducing a middleman at the Faraday taxi rank, who was also trying to sell human body parts.
Levi Masebe, who works at a mortuary at Medunsa in North West province, is also exposed after he sold two human right hands for R4,000 to the journalists.
The programme also tells the case of a baby girl who was killed by her own father, a self-appointed healer, who killed her in front of her mother, who said: "He took us to a secluded spot... where he beheaded her and chopped (off) her limbs and removed her intestines and then wrapped them in a plastic bag. He poured her blood into a calabash and carried them all home."
*Inyanga: a person who uses muti to cause harm, damage, suffering, bad luck, cure diseases, protect from evil spirits and uses mixtures shells, coins, bones, etc. to foretell the future of people, identify witches, perform spells for good and or evil purposes (Mpumalanga Witchcraft Suppression Bill, 2007—draft version).