4 Malawians arrested for kidnapping and murder in SA

The arrested suspects

Four Malawians have been charged with kidnapping and murder in South Africa after they allegedly killed a 78-year-old man and buried his body in a shallow grave.  

A statement released by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) confirms that the four include a gardener and domestic worker employed by the victim.

The four were arrested after the body of the victim was found buried in a shallow grave in Cresta after he was reported missing on 16th April 2022.

According to the police statement signed by Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, a tenant reported his landlord missing after not seeing him for a few days. It was also reported that the victim’s car, a white VW Polo was also not in the yard.

“Investigation revealed that the car was moving around Johannesburg and that the victim’s bank cards were being used.

"Further investigation led to the arrest of a male gardener and female domestic worker, both employed by the victim, and two other male suspects all from Malawi.

"The suspects pointed a shallow grave in the victim’s backyard where he was allegedly killed and buried,” reads part of the statement.

However, SAPS has not released the identities of the suspects, apart from stating that they are all Malawian citizens.

The suspects are set to be formally charged with kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice in Randburg Magistrates Court on 28th April 2022.