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Free State: Unknown man’s ‘badly burnt body’ dumped near river

According to Free State police officers, the unknown man’s charred body was also found with a body part missing…

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A community member made a gruesome discovery on 19 May when he noticed the badly burnt body of a man near a river at Masimong Village in the Free State. The police said the man, who is still unknown at this stage, also had part of his arm amputated. 

The police in Namahadi is now in need of the community’s assistance. 


At about 10:30 on Wednesday, a community member was cutting trees for wood near Namahadi river, when he discovered the burnt body. The police were then summoned whereby they themselves got a good look at the charred body and noticed that part of the man’s left arm had also been amputated.  

“[A] preliminary investigation indicates that the deceased was killed elsewhere and [then] dumped near the river,” said Brigadier Motantsi Makhele. 

A case of murder has since been registered for further investigation. 

Any person with information that may lead to the identity of the deceased is requested to contact their nearest police station. They can also contact Namahadi Detective Service, Warrant Officer Moloi on 082-419-6794 or Crime Stop 08600-10111.


In a separate but equally horrifying incident on 30 March, a burnt  body was found at a school in Cape Town. Yes, a school. 

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana told The South African at the time that the charred remains of an unidentified man was found at a school in Dyamara street in Browns farm, Philippi. Bongolethu Primary School governing body member Linda Ntlanga told the Cape Argus that the school was forced to dismiss learners early after the discovery of the burnt body because some pupils were allegedly traumatised by the incident.

The district office sent a task team to offer psycho-social support to learners or staff members disturbed by the sight of the body, according to Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer.