They now survive largely on human flesh. The barbaric  cannibals are no longer normal humans, as their actions now defy human reasoning in South Africa. The following men accused of cannibalism abandoned their bail application at the Estcourt Magistrate Court on Monday.

Traditional healer Nino Mbatha, 32, Sithembiso Sithole, 31, Lindokuhle Masondo, 32, Lungisani Magubane, 30, and Khayelihle Lamula, 32, all of Esigodlweni, made a brief appearance before Magistrate Arti Sookraj.

They covered their faces with hooded jackets and hoodies when they made their way to the dock.

Magubane wept uncontrollably during the court proceedings.

The five are accused of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

They are also accused of the murder of Zanele Hlatshwayo, 25, on August 18 at Rensburg Drift, Estcourt.

Four of them were arrested on August 18, after Mbatha allegedly walked into the local police station in possession of human body parts and confessed that he was tired of eating human flesh.

Lamula was arrested last Tuesday, August 22.

Their Legal Aid Board lawyer Thandeka Radebe said she was instructed by her clients that they no longer wished to apply for bail.

Prosecutor Israel Zuma said the State was opposed to bail.

Zuma then applied for the case to be postponed “for further investigation”.

He told the court that more suspects had to be arrested in the matter.