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Cops search for Happy Sindane's killers

Happy Sindane’s severely beaten body was discovered in a field in Tweefontein, Nelspruit.

Happy Sindane was allegedly stoned to death in Mpumalanga on 1 April, 2013. Picture: SAPA.

MPUMALANGA - Mpumalanga police are searching for Happy Sindane's killers.

Sindane's body was discovered in a field by a passerby in Tweefontein during the early hours of Monday morning.

It is believed he was beaten to death.

Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said, "People who were passing by spotted his body and police were called in to investigate."

"Sindane was severely assaulted. It seemed as if he was stoned to death."

Hlathi said, "We're investigating a case of murder. Currently we don't have suspects or a motive, which is why we are calling on the public to come and assist. We will gather all the information that we can."

Meanwhile, reaction has been pouring in following Sindane's death.

At first, Twitter users thought the news was an April Fool's joke, but messages talking about his murder soon started trending.

One tweeter called him a symbol of national unity while others said this was a sad ending to a sad story.

Sindane made headlines around the world 10 years ago when he walked into a police station in Bronkhorstspruit and claimed he was 16-years-old and had been kidnapped from his white parents by a black family when he was six-years-old.

DNA tests later proved he was nearly 21 at the time, that his father was a German man and that his mother Rina Mzayiya was the man's domestic worker.

Mzayiya had given her son to her friend Betty who then raised him.

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