The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmeded the murder of a soldier whose body was found in the boot of a state vehicle.
The SANDF said in a statement on Friday that that the body of one of its members was found with severe burn wounds in the boot of a state vehicle along Silversands Road near Blue Downs in Cape Town on 18 August. The member was working at one of the military bases in the Western Cape and went missing on 16 August.
The SANDF say the motives behind the act are not yet known, and the SANDF are in constant liaison with the South African Police Service who are investigating the circumstances that led to the incident.
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Secretary for Defence Dr. Sam Gulube and the Chief of the SANDF General Solly Shoke extend their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the member, the SANDF said.
Western Cape police earlier this week confirmed a murder, kidnapping, and hijacking case was being investigated after the body was found by a passer-by.The soldier was first reported missing on 16 August. Two suspects were later arrested.