POLICE in North West yesterday arrested three men in connection with the brutal murder of a family of five in Rustenburg's Lethabong township.
The police found the decomposing bodies of businesswoman Mirriam Khoza, 45, three boys aged between 18 and 19 and her brother-in-law in the house at Vula section.
Senior Superintendent Kebaakae Metsi said Khoza and the boys were strangled with an electrical cord and the brother-in-law, who was in his 40s, had a gunshot to the head.
A case of murder and housebreaking was then investigated by police.
"The three were arrested early this morning (Sunday) and are being questioned," Metsi said.
"We are also trying to find out if items found in their possession belonged to the murdered family."
Khoza's Nissan Navara was found abandoned in Mabopane outside Pretoria.
The men, aged between 28 and 35, were arrested in Slovo Extension. Stolen items such as electronic equipment, cutlery and groceries were found in their possession.
Police found the bodies when relatives could not get hold of any family member prepare for a family ritual.
"Their priest went to the house but no one answered the door. He contacted the police who broke down the door and found the five murdered," Metsi said.