Cape Town – Police in Gauteng say four people, including a gardener and domestic worker, were arrested after the body of a 78-year-old man was found buried in a shallow grave in Cresta, Johannesburg.
In a statement on Wednesday, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said that the man had been reported missing by his tenant on April 16.
“A tenant reported his landlord missing after not seeing him for few days. It was reported that the victim’s car, a white VW Polo was also not in the yard.
#sapsGP Four people, including a gardener and a domestic worker, were arrested after the body of a 78-year-old man was found buried in a shallow grave in Cresta after he was reported missing on the 16 April 2022. MLhttps://t.co/2bFcL9K5Z4 pic.twitter.com/T7si0Gd5aq
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“Investigation revealed that the car was moving around Johannesburg and that the victim’s bank cards were being used,” Masondo said.
Further investigation led to the arrest of a male gardener and female domestic worker, both employed by the victim, and two other male suspects.
The suspects pointed a shallow grave in the victim’s backyard where he was allegedly killed and buried.
“All four suspects who are reported to be Malawian citizens were charged with kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice,” said Masondo.
They were expected to appear at Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday
Compiled by Betha Madhomu