The farm worker accused of killing his fellow co-worker with a pick handle and burying his body in a shallow grave appeared in the Mookgopong Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and his case was postponed until October 6, 2022, for a formal bail application.
The suspect, Paulus Molwantoa 34, was remanded into custody.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo Police spokesperson, said that police seized a murder weapon and a wheelbarrow believed to have been used to bury the body in a shallow grave in the bush.
Brigadier Mjapelo said the police were alerted to the murder after a member of the community reported seeing a suspect assaulting the victim with a pick handle and the victim later died from his injuries.
Police in Naboomspruit opened a docket to investigate the case.
On Tuesday, police conducted an operation using information gleaned from intelligence sources. This included help from detectives from the Naboomspruit, Modimolle Crime Intelligence Unit and Reflex Security Officers.
Police continued their investigations and found that the suspect was hiding with his girlfriend and child at a local farm.
The suspect was arrested at his hideout and a murder weapon, as well as the wheelbarrow that was allegedly used in the crime, were seized.
Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe praised Crime Intelligence unit and detectives involved, and thanked Security Company for their assistance.
“Our intelligence team is instrumental in solving even the most complex crimes.,” she said.
Lt Gen Hadebe believes the family will find comfort in burying their loved one while at the same time allowing justice to prevail.