Man beheaded in supermarket
May 8 2003
A 31-year-old South African man walked into a supermarket, picked up a power saw and decapitated himself in front of shocked shoppers, police said yesterday.
The incident happened in the port town of Richards Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
Eyewitnesses said the man had appeared calm as he marched up to the meat counter, where he switched on a meat saw and placed his head under it.
Staff and shoppers had no time to react.
Superintendent Jay Naicker said the Shoprite Checkers store in Richards Bay had been ready to close on Monday when the man wandered in and headed for the meat department.
"He just walked in, went to the bandsaw machine and switched it on," Naicker told Reuters.
"Apparently he knew what he was doing. He put his neck to the blade and it cut about half way through before he fell to the floor."
Naicker said the man, later identified as 31-year-old Emmanuel Gumbi, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He did not leave a suicide note and according to his family he was not suffering from depression.