JOHANNESBURG - Investigators are trying to unravel the mysterious circumstances around the apparent cover-up of a helicopter crash involving a dubious Middleburg tycoon.
Frikkie Lutzkie's August was found covered with branches and mud in the Northern Cape on Monday.
It is understood that several large calibre cartridges were found inside the chopper and its tail rotor, while blades and skids had been sawn off.
Both the South African Police Service and Civil Aviation Authority are investigating the bizarre crash - they are trying to establish why the accident was not reported for several days and why the helicopter was camouflaged.
Underworld tycoon and cage fighter Lutzkie told The Times newspaper that he was flying low while searching for a farm to purchase. He said things went wrong and he put the chopper down.
Lutzkie further claimed that he dismantled the helicopter to prevent vandalism.
The crash occurred near several rhino farms, which led to suspicions that it could have been linked to the poaching of the animal.
Lutzkie was the last person to see underworld boss and 'Godfather of the West Rand' Ralph Haynes alive, before his disappearance last year.
The businessman also survived an assassination attempt in Middleburg in 2010.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)