Two arrested after man goes missing

Two men from the Mooinooi area were arrested and appeared in court last week on charges of defeating the ends of justice, kidnapping and murder after a Majakaneng man went missing in August this year.

Nick Els (60) and Martinus Barnard (27) were arrested on Tuesday, 22 October, on a farm on the outskirts of Mooinooi. According to police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, their arrests follow an incident on 12 August 2019 when a 31-year-old man from Majakaneng and a friend were caught stealing copper cables and water sprinklers on the farm.

“The friend allegedly ran away from the farm leaving the 31-year-old man behind with the suspects. The man was only reported missing a few days later. The suspects allegedly denied knowing the man’s whereabouts upon questioning by the police. Consequent to a search on the farm, Els and Barnard were on Thursday, 29 August 2019, arrested for defeating the ends of justice. The suspects were granted R500 bail each on Monday, 2 September 2019 in the Brits Magistrates’ Court. “He said police received information on Monday, 21 October 2019 that led to another search on the farm. “During the search, three empty cartridges and particles of what appeared to be human remains, were found. The suspects were then arrested.”

The two men remain in custody until their next court appearance on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Investigation into the matter continues.