Delmas: Human bones discovered on farm, probe underway

Mpumalanga police say they suspect that the unknown victim may have been dumped before being set alight on a farm

Delmas: Human bones discovered on farm, probe underway

Police in Mpumalanga have opened an inquest following the discovery of human bones on a farm in Delmas. According to SAPS spokesperson Selvy Mohlala, the gruesome find was made on a field on 1 September 2022.



Mpumalanga police further say a preliminary investigation suggests that the victim may have been dumped before being set alight on the field. At this point, Mohlala says they are still trying to determine the cause of death.

“The identity as well as the gender of the person is unknown at this stage however police are currently probing an inquest which may probably be changed to murder looking at the evidence that points out to the theory that person could have been set alight,” he further said.

“According to the report, on the said day (01 September 2022) at about 15h30, Delmas SAPS received a call coming from a member of the public about the said discovery at Hekpoort farm in Delmas near R42 / Bronkhorstspruit Road. Police went to the scene and upon arrival, it was confirmed that the bones were certainly for a human being and were found next to a tree. It is further reported that the discovery was made by a person who was engaged in game hunting at the farm”

SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Selvy Mohlala

Earlier, SAPS Mpumalanga announced they were looking for the family of a man whose remains were found in the bushes back in May. The man is believed to be around 35 years of age and his remains were discovered by community members, who then alerted local authorities.

“According to the report, the remains were discovered by some members of the community who alerted the police at Bushbuckridge. Upon arrival at the scene, police made conducted a preliminary investigation and discovered that the man was tied to the tree with wires,” Mohlala said.