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Free State authorities in the town, outside Bloemfontein were initially notified of a stock-theft incident when the burned bodies were discovered.
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After initially being notified of stock theft, Thaba’ Nchu police in the Free State are now probing a case of a double murder, after the gruesome discovery of two charred bodies this weekend.
Provincial police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says authorities in the town over 60km outside Bloemfontein were notified of a stock-theft incident between the rural Moroto Trust and Selosesha township on Friday, 18 December.
Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a burned double cab bakkie with two bodies inside. The deceased were burned beyond recognition and are yet to be identified.
Makhele says they cannot determine at this stage whether the bodies are that of women or men. He says an inquest docket has been opened and implore members of the public with any information to assist with investigations.
In late November 2020 the body of a headless man was found floating in a dam located in the rural Rietfontein Trust outside Thaba ‘Nchu. At the time, Free State police were having a hard time identifying the body, because they could not locate the head.
It is unknown if the discovery of the bodies is connected to the reported stock theft incident.
Police Minister, Bheki Cele has been forced to prioritise stock theft incidents in the country following the murder of Brendin Horner on a farm outside Paul Roux.
The young farm manager’s murder and case drew attention to the alleged involvement of law enforcement authorities in stock theft cases. In November, 7 339 livestock theft cases were reported nationwide during the second quarter. Cele said about 26 322 sheep and more than 14 000 cattle were stolen during this period.
Police management have set up a task team to investigate stock theft in the Free State after farmers in October this year aired their concerns over the issue.
Free State police commissioner, Baile Motswenyane, also pledged during a ministerial rural safety Imbizo in Bethlehem, that the province will from now on prioritise stock theft cases.
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