Curious man discovers remains of missing brother in shallow grave

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The curiosity of a 78-year-old man in search of his brother who disappeared four months ago, led to the discovery of his bones in a shallow grave in Mpumalanga last Friday.

Dogs had apparently dug out the 89-year-old man's body and ate part of it. The man was allegedly killed by his stepson four months ago.

The deceased, Albert Lubisi, used to reside at Dwaleni village near White River.

He was a pensioner and used to collect his monthly dues together with his young brother.

When his young brother realised that Lubisi had not collected his pension for four months, he went to his home to find out.

To his surprise, he only found Lubisi's stepson occupying the house, yet he never used to live there previously.

"This shocked the young brother who immediately realised that something was wrong. The stepson had previously spent 12 months in jail after he was convicted for stabbing him a few years ago," said Mpumalanga police spokesman, Superintendent Abie Khoabane yesterday.

Lubisi's brother then alerted the police who started investigating the matter last Thursday.

Khoabane said the police were at Lubisi's home when the 38-year-old stepson arrived.

To their surprise, he led them to a shallow grave nearby, where he had buried the old man's body about four months ago.

"Only bones were found in the grave but the suspect explained that when he returned home one day he found dogs eating the old man's body prompting him to rebury it in a bid to conceal the remains," said Khoabane.

The suspect allegedly also led police to a nearby tree where they found the old man's skull hanging. The suspect said he recovered the skull from the dogs after they had already eaten the flesh.

He said he had hung the skull on the tree so that he could rebury it but was disturbed by the arrival of the police.

The suspect also confessed to stabbing the old man to death.

Police are still investigating the motive for the murder.

The suspect will appear in court soon.