Father burnt, mom buried: Man arrested after allegedly confessing to killing parents

iStock
iStock

A 22-year-old man is to appear in the New Brighton Magistrate's Court for the murder of his parents in Port Elizabeth - crimes he allegedly confessed to, according to police.

Neighbours contacted the police on Tuesday to say that the man's parents, aged 60 and 55, had not been seen for more than a week.

Early on Wednesday, the father's burnt body was found in an open field next to Mti Street.

Their son was arrested later that day after community members from the Govan Mbeki area of KwaDesi handed him over to police who were patrolling the area.

He cannot be named until he has appeared in court.

"By 19:00 last night (Wednesday) the suspect confessed to the murders and led police to the grave where he buried the mother," police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said.

Her body was not burnt, he added.

Beetge said residents initially told police that the man was mentally challenged.

"However, detectives have found him alert and responsive during questioning but suspect that he is a drug user," he added.

Beetge said the man would face two charges of murder when he appears in court on Friday "for the senior State prosecutors to decide if further evaluation of the suspect will be required".

Motherwell cluster commander Major General Dawie Rabie has expressed his appreciation towards the community for not taking the law into their own hands.

"The alertness of the community led police to uncover this double murder. The suspect will be brought before court to face the consequences of his actions," Rabie added.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
13% - 126 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 236 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 622 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.20
(-0.07)
ZAR/GBP
20.25
(-0.26)
ZAR/EUR
18.17
(-0.15)
ZAR/AUD
11.23
(-0.26)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.11)
Gold
1786.61
(-0.02)
Silver
22.68
(+0.13)
Platinum
965.22
(+0.30)
Brent Crude
48.27
(+0.96)
Palladium
2413.01
(+0.60)
All Share
57822.50
(-0.17)
Top 40
53021.58
(-0.12)
Financial 15
11577.71
(-0.58)
Industrial 25
79894.95
(-0.12)
Resource 10
52804.55
(+0.03)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo