Found in river with tongue missing

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

An epileptic pensioner who disappeared after receiving his disability grant has been found dead in a river in Mpumalanga. His tongue was missing.

The body of 46-year-old John Masuku was found on Tuesday morning floating in the Luhuhuza river in Nyongane, near Hazyview, by a group of women going to the fields.

Inspector Jiyela Sibiya, a spokesman for the Masoyi police, said that the man's tongue was missing, but said the police did not suspect foul play.

"The tongue was probably eaten by fish and frogs," said Sibiya.

Police suspect Masuku was swept away by the flooded river while trying to cross it on his way home last Friday.

A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death and the police are investigating a case of drowning.

Though the police do not suspect foul play, villagers believe Masuku was murdered for his pension money.

Community members who did not want to be named told Sowetan that Masuku's shoes and money were missing and that he had a scarred eye.

l In neighbouring Goromane village, a 10-year-old boy was swept away on Tuesday while swimming in a stream that feeds the heavily flooded Sabie River.

Moatshe Ngoepe, a spokesman for the Mopani police, said the boy was a visitor to the village and his name could not be released until his family had been informed.