Body of missing woman found buried in shallow grave, Badplaas

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Body of missing woman found buried in shallow grave, Badplaas
Body of missing woman found buried in shallow grave, Badplaas

The body of a 28 year old woman who went missing on 29 December 2018 was found buried in a shallow grave, on a farm at neighbouring Badplaas, near Carolina.

The victim, Zanele Zwane, from Nhlazatshe was last seen after she reported to her family that she was going to visit her estranged boyfriend at Badplaas and was never seen nor heard from again. When asking the boyfriend, he denied that she ever arrived at his place of residence.

The family then filed a missing person’s report and a police probe revealed that the boyfriend, aged 28, allegedly committed suicide soon thereafter.

The probe pointed towards the boyfriend’s friend, whom it suggested may have had a hand in her murder. The suspect eventually pointed out the shallow grave where the body was indeed found, hence his arrest on Friday 1 February 2019.

The suspect will appear at the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Monday 4 February 2019, facing a charge of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga praised the investigating team for their commitment and valour in ensuring a breakthrough in this case. He encouraged them to ensure that the matter ends in a conviction so that it would serve as a deterrent to others.

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