Teen tells of seeing dad kill man

2014-07-17 11:07


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Bloemfontein - A Springs teenager has recounted how he watched his father kill an elderly man with a spade, and then had to help him dump the body.

Volksblad on Thursday reported that the 39-year-old father is on the run after he allegedly killed his 79-year-old landlord on 18 June.

According to the police, the man fled in the deceased's bakkie.

The matric pupil told Volksblad that he received an SMS from his father at about 20:00 on 18 June, and immediately went over to his house. As he arrived, he heard the sound of a shovel hitting something, and witnessed his father beating the elderly man. There was blood everywhere and the man was dead.


The teenager said he was terrified and could not move, but his father was calm and yelled at him, asking him to help load the man's body into his bakkie.

As they drove around Springs for more than an hour, searching for somewhere to dump the body, the man apparently told his son not to tell anyone about the murder, as he'd kill himself if he was jailed. They hid the body in a field, under branches.

The man dropped his son off at midnight and he has not seen him since.

According to the report, the teenager immediately told his mother about the incident, and they reported it to the police the next morning. He pointed out where the body was.

Police confirmed the murder, saying the man is still on the run.

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