Police find dead man in wheelbarrow

JEPPES REEF – Local police were led to the body by a 24-year-old man, who visited the police station to report a theft that afternoon. He alleged that a man had stolen his DVD player and Carvella shoes, and decided to take them back by force.

According to Schoemansdal police spokesman, Const Nompilo Qwabe, the man told the police that the alleged thief had not told him where the items were, even after being assaulted, and that he now wanted to open a case against him.

The police refused to open a docket until the complainant took them to where he had left the victim. He led them to a wheelbarrow standing next to the road, where they found the deceased, Mr Mhlobiso Mdaka.

According to a family member of Mdaka, five men brought him to her home on Monday morning.  They searched the entire house but did not find any of the items they were looking for.

She pleaded with them not to hurt Mdaka, but they began to assault him and dragged him outside.

A case of murder was opened and two men, aged 24 and 19, were arrested.  Another three suspects were arrested on Tuesday during the course of the investigation. The five suspects appeared in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This case follows a similar one in Tonga earlier this month, in which a man was kidnapped, killed and buried in a shallow grave by people he had allegedly stolen money from. READ: Vigilantism remains a concern for police

Two suspects were arrested and pointed out the place where they had buried the victim.

They appeared in Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder and were remanded in custody, while the SAPS continued their investigation.

READ: Onderbergers urged to be more security conscious

Police urge communities not to take the law into their own hands, but to give them tip-offs or turn in suspects and any evidence at the nearest police station.

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