Elderly man brutally murdered
10 October 2012 | Johan Meyer
Police officers in Westonaria were shocked at the brutality of the murder of a 59-year-old man in Westonaria.
Officers received a call, directing them to a murder scene in Westonaria. Upon arrival they found a young man waiting for them.
He directed police officers to the body of the elderly man, whom he identified as his uncle.
According to the young man, he went hunting with his uncle and their dogs in the veldt near Westonaria.
He dropped his uncle and the dogs off and left to fill his vehicle up with fuel, before returning to join the hunt.
When he returned he could not find his uncle, and stumbled upon the body while searching through the bushes.
According to Westonaria SAPS spokesperson, Constable Thembi Masango, the elderly man's body was propped up in a sitting position against a tree.
"From afar it looked as if he was sitting and relaxing against the tree trunk," says Masango.
"Only upon closer investigation did it become clear that the man was actually dead."
Masango says that the old man had been stabbed repeatedly and that there are numerous stab wounds all over his body.
"He was then propped up in a sitting position and left behind."
The pellet gun with which he was hunting was missing from the scene.
"Police officers investigated the scene and came upon an eyewitness who was able to give them information on the murderers who, according to the witness, are locals.
"Police followed up on the information and managed to track down the suspects to nearby Sebokeng, where they had fled after committing the crime," says Masango.
The suspects, aged 18 and 19 has since appeared in the Westonaria Magistrates' Court.