A Stutterheim farmer and his two accomplices are facing charges of kidnapping and murder following the discovery of farm workers body which had been hacked in two with a chainsawed.
The reason for the killing
According to a report by DispatchLIVE the 30-year-old Eastern Cape farm worker, Anele Somana was accused of stealing a goat some time ago which belonged to a neighbouring farm worker.
Thandi Velwayo, Somana’s niece, is reported to have said that the murder could have been a mistake in identity as the missing goat was later found with twin kids.
Somana was last seen alive on July 27.
The discovery of the body
The murder occurred on a 174-hectare Windledew Farm which is owned by a Western Cape building contractor, Eben Verster and is leased to East London banker Chris Steenkamp.
The body was discovered by Somana’s aunt, Nomathemba Somana, 67, in two bags buried under rocks on the Windledew farm.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa, they received a tip-off regarding the kidnapping and on arrival discovered the area had been burnt and torn clothing which belonged to the victim.
A search was conducted of the area and the remains were discovered.
Who are the accused
According to investigators, evidence leads them to believe that the Windledew farmer and his two younger accomplices are responsible for kidnapping Somana and later killing him.
Court case postponed
King Williams’s Town police cluster spokesperson Captain Siphokazi Mawisa confirmed that three men, aged 58, 23 and 27 were arrested on Friday, August 2 and appeared in Stutterheim Magistrate’s court on Monday.
One of the accused is Somana’s brother-in-law.
The suspects have been remanded in custody as the bail application was postponed to August 14.