Sam Mbatha



THE family of the brutally murdered Sam Mbatha said they will finally get closure after DNA results confirmed that the body found inside a burnt Hyundai i20 in a soccer field in Ikageng section, Klipgat was indeed his.

The 24-year-old socialite, who was from the LGBTQI+ community, was found burnt after he went missing in June last year.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Adele Myburgh said Sam’s body was found after investigations led the cops to a house in Phutha section, also in Klipgat on Monday, 21 June.

The house was searched and in one of the bedrooms, the police found blood stains on the floor, under and on top of a bed, as well as on the carpet.

She said that an axe, suspected to have been used during the commission of this crime, was found on top of the roof of the house.

“After this gruesome discovery, investigations led to the tracing and arrest of four suspects, namely Arthur Khoza (19), Thato Masetla (22), Junior Modise (21) and Mahlatsi Nkuna (21),” said Myburgh.

Family spokesman Kgomotso Sepeng confirmed the family has received the DNA results and that they will now proceed and make arrangements to lay Sam to rest.

“We would like to appreciate every person who showed us support and distributed posts regarding Sam. Friends, colleagues, organisations, media houses who took interest in sharing our story and the police who  helped us during our time of pain,” said Kgomotso.

“We will communicate the details of the memorial and funeral arrangements in due course,” he said.

All four accused will appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 18 January on a charge of murder.

The Daily Sun

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