The body of a missing 16-year-old girl was found in a pit latrine behind the house of a man suspected of her murder in the village of Ditshilong near Taung, North West, the police said on Saturday.
Captain Adele Myburgh says Bontle Modisaotsile was last seen alive by her twin sister on August 2 when she told her she was off to visit relatives in a nearby village.
Her family later found she had never arrived for her visit. They then reported her missing.
Police searched for her in vain.
But at about 8pm on Thursday, 80 villagers descended on the house of a man they had implicated in her disappearance and assaulted him. The police arrived and calmed everyone down.
The next day they brought search-and-rescue dogs to his house and one of the dogs reacted to the pit latrine behind his house.
Police removed the structure surrounding the latrine and saw a foot sticking out of the pit. Emergency services emptied the latrine and removed Modisaotsile's body.
The 37-year-old man, who was on the scene, collapsed and was taken to hospital, where it was discovered that he had tried to kill himself with a pesticide.
He will be charged with murder and kidnapping when he has recuperated. - Sapa