The remains of a man found inside a burnt car left in a soccer field in Klipgat, North West, more than six months ago has been identified.
Colonel Adéle Myburgh on Tuesday said, “the DNA results confirming the identity of Sam Mbatha, aged 24, were released on Monday, 10 January 2022”.
Mbatha’s remains were found inside a burnt Hyundai i20 sedan left at a soccer field in the Ikageng Section on Thursday, 17 June 2021.
Initial investigations led the police to a house in Phutha Section, Klipgat on Monday, 21 June 2021.
The house was searched. In one of the bedrooms, the police found bloodstains on the floor, carpet, under, and on top of a bed.
“Furthermore, an axe suspected to have been used during the commission of this crime, was found on top of the roof of the house,” said Colonel Myburgh.
“After this gruesome discovery, investigations led to the tracing and arrest of four suspects.”
The arrested suspects include 19-year-old Arthur Khoza, 22-year-old Thato Masetla, 21-year-old Junior Modise, and 21-year-old Mahlatsi Nkuna.
“All four accused will appear before the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 18 January 2022 on a charge of murder,” said Colonel Myburgh.