The South African Police Service (SAPS) say a 21-year-old man will be charged with murder following the discovery of six bodies – five of them in an advanced state of decomposition – in a building in the main city, Johannesburg.
Police launched an investigation after complaints of a foul smell coming from one of the rooms in the building.
The body of a woman was discovered in the building, and her clothes matched the description of a woman reported missing earlier this month, a police statement said.
Five more bodies were found outside “where there is a makeshift workshop and rubbish dumpsters”, the statement said.
“Unfortunately, the other five bodies are at the late stage of decomposition. They will be subjected to forensic analysis for identification,” it said.
The 21-year-old man – who is believed to be the last person to have been seen with the woman – had been arrested, the statement added.
He is to be charged with six counts of murder.
Police have not yet given a possible motive for the killings.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested for murder after Gauteng police found six decomposed bodies at a Johannesburg building on Sunday.
“The police were called to the building due to a foul smell coming out of one of the rooms. That is when a body of a woman was found,” police spokesperson, Brigadier Brenda Muridili, said.
A preliminary investigation led officers to the 21-year-old man who was last seen with the woman on October2.
“Upon questioning the suspect, the police went back to the building and five more bodies were discovered outside the building, where there is a makeshift workshop and rubbish dumpsters,” Muridili added.
She said the five other bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition.A forensic analysis will be carried out to identify them.
The 21-year-old man has been charged with six counts of murder and is expected in court soon. -BBC