The ‘badly burned’ body of the Vice-Chair of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in the Eastern Cape has been found.
Provincial South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said the body of 64-year-old Lizo Vakala was found after an intensive investigation.
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The Nehawu leader’s body was found in dense bushes
Sadly, the 64-year-old’s body was found on the evening of Tuesday, 25 October.
“After intensive investigation the badly burned body of 64-year-old Lizo Vakala was found last night 25 October 2022 at about 21:00,”said Beetge.
SAPS found Vakala’s body under dense bushes close to the R334 and R355 crossing in Motherwell.
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Swartkops SAPS are investigating a murder case that was opened. Beetge stated that a 35-year-old woman was arrested on a murder charge and that the investigation is continuing.
Vakala was last seen on 22 October
Vakala’s family opened a missing person case around 14:30 on Sunday, 23 October after he failed to return home.
The Ikamvelihle detectives requested community assistance, at the time, to trace Vakala. It should be noted that the union leader was last seen by his family at around 15:30 on Saturday, 22 October.
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In addition, it was reported by the SAPS that Vakala left his home to repair his vehicle in Kwazakele.
Vakala’s vehicle was recovered in Wells Estate on Monday, 24 October.
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