Priest sought after body found

2014-04-24 18:01
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police were on Thursday searching for a priest and two men after a man was found buried next to a stream in Doornkop, Soweto.

"A police investigation has uncovered that the priest planned to have his business partner killed after he asked the man to accompany him to a prayer session next to a stream in Doornkop," said police spokesperson Kay Makhubela.

The priest asked his business partner to accompany him to Doornkop to pray with him on Monday.

While they were praying, four men arrived and encircled them, Makhubela said.

The men grabbed the business partner, and demanded that he give them a pin number for a bank account.

"They then attacked him, killed him and buried him in a shallow grave next to the stream," Makhubela said.

The attackers left the scene with the man's car. The vehicle was stripped at a "chop shop".

"Police traced the vehicle through a tracker after the owner was reported missing. The chop shop owner told them four men brought in the car and had indicated that they would return to collect the money."

Police waited for the men on Wednesday and when two of them arrived they were arrested.

The two men took the police to the stream and allegedly pointed out the grave where the deceased was buried.

"Upon questioning by the police, the priest told investigators that his business partner disappeared and was taken by a snake while they were praying... the priest has since vanished," Makhubela said.

The two men, aged 22 and 33, have been charged with murder and car theft.

"Investigators are looking for the priest and the other two alleged attackers," said Makhubela.

The two men were expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court soon.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.