Burnt corpse found in boot of missing farmer’s car

2008-01-24 00:00

THE remains of what is believed to be the body of an Umzimkulu farmer were found in the boot of his car, burnt beyond recognition, yesterday morning.

The gruesome discovery has led to the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) reiterating its call for the government to implement a strategy to fight the murder of farmers.

The body is believed to be that of a sugar cane farmer who was reported missing on Tuesday morning. His car was found in Bhobhoyi.

A neighbouring sugar cane farmer, Desmond Naidoo, said the family of the deceased reported him missing, prompting a search by other farmers in the area.

“His burnt body was found near his farm. On close inspection, we found out that there was an unidentified body inside the boot of his car,” he said.

Naidoo added that the whole community is shocked and that the murder has had a severe impact on the farming community.

“He was a perfect gentleman with one daughter and we were very close,” he said.

Kwanalu’s Koos Marais condemned the murder. “We sincerely hope for a speedy arrest [in] this hideous crime,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable that murder is rife and a daily occurrence. The government can’t sit back while murder takes place, it’s just not right,” he said.

Chairwoman of the South African Cane Growers’ Association Jane Ferguson said it was with regret that the organisation had learnt of yet another brutal attack of a member of the farming community.

“We hope that the perpetrators are swiftly caught and brought to justice,” she said.

Superintendent Zandra Hechter confirmed that the remains of a human being were found in the vehicle on Band Farm in the Bhoboyi area.

She said a complainant contacted the police on Tuesday morning saying that her husband, who normally visits his farm, had not returned.

Hechter said a postmortem was to be conducted yesterday to determined the exact cause of death and a DNA test to determine the identity of the body.

Port Shepstone detectives are investigating a murder case.

Police will release the deceased’s name pending the DNA verification.

mthobisi@witness.co.za

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