Two men were arrested for murder after a burnt body was discovered in the boot of a car near Brits last Thursday.

Arthus Khoza (18) and Mahlatsi Nkuna (20) appeared before the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on charges of murder. They will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Wednesday, 30 June 2021. The police discovered the body when they were called out to a soccer field at Klipgat near Brits to investigate a burnt-out car. The body, that was burnt beyond recognition, was found in the boot.

“Investigations led the police team to a house in Klipgat on Monday, 21 June 2021. The house was searched and in one of the bedrooms, the team found bloodstains on the floor, under and on top of a bed, as well as on the carpet. An axe, suspected to have been used during the commission of this crime, was found on the roof of the house,” said police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh.

“After this gruesome discovery, investigations led to the tracing and arrest of two suspects. The third suspect, that is known to the police, is still being traced.” DNA tests are being done to establish the victim’s identity. The car was apparently traced to communication professional Sam Mbatha who has been missing since Thursday. In a statement his family requested that people refrain from speculations in order to allow the police to investigate. “Sam’s car was found burnt on Thursday morning. The SAPS, family and close friends have not declared the identity of the victim who burned in the car,” the family said.

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The police request anyone who may have information that can assist in the investigation to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Thabo Sekgororoana on 082 520 1588 or to call South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number: 08600 10111. Tip-offs can also be communicated via My SAPS App on your smartphone.

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