SA couple murdered in Madagascar

2010-06-14 18:19

Pretoria - A South African couple living on a small island about 35km east of Madagascar was found murdered at their home, the international relations department said on Monday.

Department spokesperson Saul Molobi refused to identify them or say how the Johannesburg couple, who managed and owned a hotel spa in the island Ille Aux Nattes, was murdered.

The couple was identified by the Afrikaans daily Beeld as Gareth Walters, 48, and his wife Hannetjie, 45.

They had reportedly been living in Madagascar for three years.

The couple was hacked to death and their bodies set alight on Friday, Beeld said.

Hannetjie had been stabbed with a panga in her face, head and back. Gareth had serious wounds to his head, the newspaper reported.

One of their employees said there was money missing from Hannetjie's purse, but nothing else had been taken.

"They have already been buried on Saturday in Madagascar. We provided the family with all necessary support," said Molobi.

So far, no one has been arrested for the killing, he said. Investigations were continuing.