Police hopeful for cold case ID Parade

Five men were arrested a week ago for a murder committed in 1999.

The concrete grave where police think Betty Ketani was buried 13 years ago.

JOHANNESBURG - Five men arrested for a murder 13 years ago are expected to appear in an identity parade on Wednesday, ahead of their bail application on Friday.

Last week the men were arrested following the discovery of a confession letter hidden beneath a carpet.

The men are accused of killing Betty Ketani, a mother of three who vanished in May 1999.

Her case was never closed.

Police are hoping two men who were allegedly abducted by the same gang that kidnapped and killed Ketani will be able to point out their attackers 13 years after the crime was committed.

Investigators tracked them down through the confession letter that was found in a Kenilworth home.

On Friday the five suspects, including two policemen, are due to apply for bail.

The state is expected to oppose these applications which should reveal personal details about the men in the dock.

A court ruling had prevented the media from revealing the identities of the men, but there are hopes that after the identity parade on Wednesday, things will change.

The team investigating the Ketani murder hope the parade will strengthen their case against her alleged killers.

The confession letter, which explains Ketani's death, also details how the two men were abducted.

One of the men was abducted on three separate occasions.

While the two men did open criminal cases, it went cold and was not linked to the murder until earlier this year.

More arrests are expected ahead of the trial.

The owner of the home where the bundle of letters including a confession was found was installing new carpets to accommodate his new tenant, when the discovery was made.

The homeowner passed the information onto the police, who spent weeks piecing together the puzzle, tracing cold cases and finally pouncing on their suspects.

The gang that killed Ketani allegedly buried her behind the house where the letter was found.

Later the gang was forced to break up the concrete grave to dump Ketani's body elsewhere.

It also appeared that they had tried to kill her previously but failed, forcing the gang to falsify medical documents and hire a special van to kidnap her from hospital and finish the job.

The letter was handed to authorities two months ago and arrests were made in May.