Thabang Ntheko, Samson Makua and George Maswanganyi were arrested on Sunday after the decomposed bodies of two men were found at a disused mine in Middelburg.
The victim, from Bronkhorstpruit, was hijacked near Middelburg, Mpumalanga last week Tuesday, Middelburg Observer reported.
Police were led to the shaft by the suspect, who admitted to the crime the night before.
It was believed the suspect along with two others had thrown one of the victims down the mine shaft with his hands tied behind his back.
Police reportedly found payslips, a passport, bank card and a belt discarded at the edge of the shaft, while a second body was also discovered at the bottom of the shaft.
“I suspected that this was not the first person they threw down that hole. You can see by all the personal items we found, that this was their dumping place,” said police.
“The place they came to get rid of all the unwanted items in the cars they hijacked, like documents and people.”
The suspects appeared in the Middelbrug Magistrates’ Court on Monday, facing two charges of murder, two of kidnapping, two for robbery with aggravating circumstances and one for possession of stolen property.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the matter was postponed to November 20 for a formal bail application.
In a similar incident, a woman who had been missing for some weeks was found with her throat cut in a mine shaft in Bekkersdal in April.
The woman’s BMW was found abandoned in Protea Glen.
No arrests had been made.
– Caxton News Service