Mutilated body of man found on hill

RESIDENTS of Freedom Park yesterday woke up to a gruesome discovery of a man's mutilated body. His eyes were gouged out and a nose and left ear missing.

The man, Nkosinathi Mokonyana, 39, from Green Village, was found dumped on a hill a few metres from his girlfriend's house south of Johannesburg.

The girlfriend, Eunice Mthembu, 39, said she last saw Mokonyana on Tuesday when he left for Pretoria with one of her neighbours.

She called him when he did not return that night but his phone was switched off.

Neighbours woke her up at about 8.30am yesterday to tell her the shocking news.

The body was spotted by a resident who was on his way from a nearby shop.

Residents believe the murder could be a ritual killing.

It is claimed that a gunshot was heard around midnight but people were too afraid to investigate.

Mthembu said her boyfriend was a peaceful and nice man and he had no known enemies in the area as he lived somewhere else.

Police spokeswoman Captain Pinky Tsinyane said: "No one has been arrested yet but two men have been taken in for questioning because they were the last people seen with the deceased."