Police have recovered the body of a farm worker, Ditsebe Lesotho, from a watery grave and arrested a suspect for the farm murder in Theunissen in the Freestate.
Freestate SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said Lesotho’s body had been found with an open wound to the head and a knife in his hip. The body was recovered on Sunday 30 May at around 11.50am.
“The body of a male victim, identified as Ditsebe Lesotho, was retrieved from a water canal by police divers after police were summoned to the crime scene. The lifeless body of the deceased was found wrapped with a blanket and tied with wires to the trolley that was allegedly used to drag him from the house, the scene where he was killed,” Mbambo said.
“Upon closer inspection, police discovered that the male sustained an open wound on the head and a knife was stuck on his hip. A hammer, suspected to have been used as a murder weapon, was found and confiscated by police at the scene from where the body was dragged with a trolley,” Mbambo said.
Mbambo said community members had spotted the farm murder suspect, apprehended him and handed him over to the police.
“A 30-year-old man has been taken into police custody,” Mbambo said.