The body of Bob Woolmer, the murdered coach of Pakistan's cricket team, arrived in the country yesterday, six weeks after he was found murdered in a Jamaican hotel room.
A coffin with Woolmer's embalmed body arrived at Cape Town International Airport shortly before 10am on a SA Airways flight from London.
Journalists saw a wooden box wrapped in plastic sheeting being off-loaded from a Boeing 747 on the apron and taken by a police escort to the cargo section of the airport.
There it was collected by the Doves funeral group.
Doves' Theo Rix confirmed the box contained Woolmer's remains.
The body will be kept at a mortuary while his family makes funeral arrangements.
"We are meeting the family tomorrow morning to make the final arrangements," Rix said.
Woolmer's widow, Gill, who lives in Cape Town, had previously said that her English-born husband's cremation ceremony would be a private family affair.
A public memorial service for the former South African coach was held in the city earlier this month.
Woolmer, 58, was found dead in his Kingston hotel room on March 18, the day after Pakistan crashed out of the cricket World Cup in an upset loss to Ireland.
His body was held in legal limbo for weeks after an autopsy indicated the former England Test player had been strangled. Investigators have yet to make any arrest.
Speculations are that his killing was linked to match-fixing and illegal betting in cricket. - Sapa-AFP