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Manhunt launched after police found five men murdered at a plantation

Employees of the Willowvale Forest Plantation in the Eastern Cape found the dead bodies of five men when they arrived at work

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Eastern Cape police launched a manhunt after five men were found murdered at the Willowvale Plantation on Wednesday morning, 14 July. When police arrived at the scene, the bloody bodies of the deceased were piled on top of each other.


The employees of Willowvale Plantation, near Bhulwini Forest, arrived for work at approximately 7:30 on 14 July. The employees found “five unknown African males” dead at the plantation. The deceased were badly assaulted and displayed bruises and wounds on their upper bodies, according to South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.

“Police were alerted to the incident and on arrival, they found the bodies piled on top of each other and with blood on their faces,” said Kinana.

Four of the dead men had their hands tied behind their backs with rope, said the spokesperson, adding that no weapons were found at the scene.

Later, the families of the deceased identified their bodies and five murder investigations were opened. Kinana said the motive for the killings is unknown at this stage and the police investigation is continuing.

“The SAPS is calling on anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of those responsible for the killings to please make contact with Willowvale police station or call Crime Stop on 08600-10111 or by using the MySAPS app,” said the spokesperson.