Kraaifontein murders: Local businessman suspected

No one has been arrested after the bodies were discovered lying face down in an open field last week.

Residents in Wallacedene say the men may have killed after being suspected of stealing a bungalow. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Members of the Wallacedene community in Kraaifontein say they don't think vigilantism played a role in the brutal killing of six men in the area.

People instead suspect a local businessman of ordering a hit on the men.

No one has been arrested after the bodies were discovered lying face down in an open field last week.

With music blaring from houses and children playing in the street it seems life has returned to normal in Wallacedene just days after a gruesome find that shocked the entire community.

It's however not the case for two neighbouring families who are still reeling from the tragedy.

One of the 6 men killed, 24-year-old Sakhele Ngxabela, has two young girls, including this 3-month old. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

Three men, two of whom were brothers are part of a group of six, killed in the attack.

Residents however do not believe they were killed in a vengeance attack, they say a businessman ordered a hit on the men after accusing them of stealing one of his bungalows.

The men were aged between 18 and 36.

They had been stoned and stabbed and their hands and feet were bound.

Relatives gathered at the home of one of the slain victims said they are overcome with emotion.

One of the men told Eyewitness News he is devastated to have lost his only brother.

He said he struggled to identify his brother's body at the mortuary because he was covered in blood and badly beaten.

He said he hopes the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the mother of two of the six men found dead, says she suspects the murders are related to mob justice following a house burglary.

Nofomile Nqxabele says she struggled to identify her two sons.

Speaking through a translator, she said their faces were so badly beaten she almost didn't recognise them.

She said her sons were wrongfully accused of robbing a bungalow in Wallacedene and she suspects that is the reason for their murder.

Nqxabele said her sons were in the Eastern Cape for initiation at the time of the robbery.

She said her sons were good men who earned an honest living working as construction workers and that she'll have to sell her house to bury them.

Police have offered a R250,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Authorities say a special task team has been deployed to find the culprits and bring them to book.