Five held for brothers’ murder

2008-05-02 00:00

Five men have been arrested for the murders of two brothers at Impendle, who were shot and hacked to death because community members thought they were stock thieves.

The battered bodies of brothers Kwaneni and Mlaluli Makhaye were found on the banks of the Nkomazi River on Thursday last week.

Investigations have established that the brothers were murdered on April 19.

The arrested men are expected to appear in court shortly.

The Witness reported last week that the brothers were last seen being chased by locals, who accused them of stock theft after they were spotted driving cattle.

However, The Witness learnt that the brothers were in the area to search for stolen cattle belonging to their relative, local businessman Thabo Zuma.

Police started suspecting they had been murdered after local children herding cattle discovered sandals next to what appeared to be human tissue at the top of a mountain.

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