Three appear for kidnapping, murder

2013-07-15 21:38
Police (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Police (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Three men accused of kidnapping and murdering a Soweto man appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

The matter was postponed to 17 July for further investigation, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

They would remain in custody until then. Makhubela said he could not immediately identify the accused, but named the victim as 26-year-old Sabelo Nxele.

He was kidnapped from Naledi, Soweto, in May and held hostage in Mpumalanga. His kidnappers demanded a ransom from his family.

Three men were arrested shortly after the crime and released on bail. After further investigations, they were re-arrested at the weekend.

One of the accused led police to an area near an army shooting range in Middelburg where Nxele's body was found in a shallow grave.

The accused who led police to the grave turned State witness.

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