A man hired by the Stutterheim farm owner had been accused of stealing a goat belonging to a neighbouring farmworker before his divided in half body was found at the farm premises on Saturday two weeks ago.
The deceased had been allegedly kidnapped and then hacked to death with a chainsaw at the 174-hectare Windledew Farm, King William’s Town police cluster spokesperson Captain Siphokazi Mawisa confirmed. The man’s upper body was separated from his lower body, packed in two plastic bags and buried under the rocks on the farm.
The farmland had been leased to East London banker Chris Steenkamp by Western Cape building contractor Eben Verster.
When the deceased farmworker, Anele Somana, aged 30, hadn’t show up for work on Friday, he was reported missing to the police. The authorities quickly responded to the alert and went to the farm. Upon searching, the police recovered the remains of his body on the farm. Three suspects were immediately detained.
All three men, aged 23, 27 and 58, were arrested on Friday on charges of kidnapping and murder of the alleged thief on July 27.
Captain Siphokazi Mawisa said that the three accused had appeared at the Stutterheim magistrates’ court on Monday.
The matter was postponed until August 14 for a bail application. The suspects are in custody.