High ranking municipal official expected in court for killing and burning wife's body

DECEMBER 1, 2015

A top ranking municipal official is expected to appear in the Winburg Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after he was arrested for murder in Winburg on Sunday - just hours after he was spotted burning the body of his murdered wife.  

"It is alleged that the 33 year-old man killed his wife on Friday after a domestic violence-related incident in their home in Langenhoven Park, in Bloemfontein.

"He then drove with the corpse to his parents’ home in Winburg were he spent the weekend with the body at the Winburg house," Free State police said.

Police said he then took the body of the 26 year-old wife to a local dumping site where he set the body alight, in the early hours of Sunday.

"He was spotted by the people, who reside on the dumping site and who then alerted the police once they noticed that it was a human body being burnt. Police rushed to the site and confirmed that it was human remains."

A preliminary investigation was conducted and information led to the husband of the woman, who was earlier spotted at a local petrol station buying petrol in a bottle.

The blue Ford Bantum bakkie was known and the driver was identified through CCTV footage at the garage.

"He was then arrested within hours of being identified and was found hiding at a house in the location of Makeleketla."