‘Cannibal a danger to society’


A ZIMBABWEAN man who killed a man, removed and ate part of his heart, was a danger to society, the Western Cape High Court heard last Tuesday.

Police psychologist Major Hayden Knibbs, said Andrew Chimboza (35) had little chance of rehabilitation, but it was possible another psychologist or psychiatrist could reach a different conclusion.

He was being cross-examined by Yasmina Rajab, for Chimboza, during sentencing arguments.

Chimboza pleaded guilty before judge Justice Ashley Binns-Ward and is to be sentenced next week.

Psychiatric Tuviah Zabow, called by the defence, countered that only a protracted, indepth psychiatric assessment, as opposed to the short time that Knibbs had spent with him, could determine whether Chimboza had any chance of rehabilitation.

Knibbs said he had interviewed Manona’s unnamed lover, who told him she had been Chimboza’s lover, prior to her relationship with Manona.

Chimboza, a window-inter by trade, had tinted the windows of the woman’s home and had called at the house in June last year to check if she was happy with his work.

Manona had answered Chimboza’s knock on the door and a violent confrontation ensued.

Knibbs said he had introduced himself to Chimboza as a clinical psychologist, before adding that he was also a police officer.

Questioned by Rajab, he said the fact that he was attached to the police could have affected Chimboza, but Chimboza was nevertheless “quite evasive” during the interview.

Knibbs added: “We spoke about the murder and its consequences, but the accused remained silent when questioned about the mutilation.”

Knibbs said Chimboza was a danger to society, as his level of aggression and violence showed a potential for it to happen again.

— Sowetan Live