Two arrested for gruesome Vlakfontein house murders

A forensic pathology team at the crime scene at a house in Vlakfontein where seven people were found dead.
A forensic pathology team at the crime scene at a house in Vlakfontein where seven people were found dead.
Image: SANDILE NDLOVU

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of three women and four children at a house in Vlakfontein‚ south of Johannesburg.

A stench noticed by neighbours led police to the bodies of the seven‚ buried under piles of sand inside the house.

The gruesome find was made late on Monday‚ October 29.

“The provincial team investigating serious and violent crimes … responded to information which led the team to Mpumalanga near the Lebombo border post” on November 1‚ said police spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo on Sunday.

“A 27-year-old male suspect was arrested and in his possession were bank cards belonging to two of the seven victims.”

He said on further investigation‚ a second suspect‚ a 61-year-old male‚ was traced and arrested in Dobsonville.

Masondo said the 27-year-old suspect would face additional charges of rape.

Both men will appear in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Masondo said police management in Gauteng commended the tireless efforts of the team that secured the arrests.

"These arrests will go a long way in proving to those who continue to undermine the authority of the state that police mean business when we say that we will prioritise cases against women and children.

“The investigating team must now ensure that the case is watertight towards a successful conviction‚" said acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Max Masha.

X