Grisly discovery as bodies of 5 men are found burnt in the back of a bakkie

The bodies of five men were found burnt beyond recognition on the back of a bakkie in the Eastern Cape.

The Herald reports that the gruesome scene unfolded on Saturday evening at around 8:45 pm on the R365 near the Peddie turn-off, leaving authorities and the local community stunned by the horrific nature of the incident.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu provided details of the grim discovery.

“The charred bodies were found at the back of a Corsa bakkie. There was no-one in the front of the vehicle, and the fire was extinguished by the fire brigade. At this stage, an inquest has been opened pending the outcome of the postmortem report. The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage.”

Colonel Naidu further emphasized the importance of community assistance in solving the case, stating, “We are appealing to anyone who might know of a person who had gone missing around the East London and Peddie area to contact detective Warrant Officer Zintle Mathafeni on 071-475-1718 so that identification could be verified through DNA.”

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