Relatives of a murdered Northcliff family are still waiting for their bodies to be released by authorities‚ days after their burnt corpses were discovered.
Greg‚ 57‚ Melanie‚ 51‚ and Rakiel Naidoo‚ 23‚ disappeared from their home in Johannesburg after a robbery on Sunday night.
Three burnt bodies were later discovered in Centurion and believed to be theirs.
Police said on Thursday they had arrested six suspects in connection with the crimes.
Greg’s son Rezine Naidoo said on news of the arrests: “I’m glad the cops caught them. But I will only feel relief once we get our family’s bodies and do what’s right for their souls.”
He said he didn’t have any information about who the criminals were‚ but that he was grateful for the police doing their job.
“Police catching them is [however] not going to bring my father back.”
The six suspects‚ who are aged between 25 and 40‚ will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of murder‚ kidnapping‚ armed robbery‚ possession of stolen goods and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Police spokesman Kay Makhubele confirmed that a man who used to work for the family was among the six arrested.
“They were arrested in Soweto‚ Olifantsfontein and on the East Rand late last night and during the early hours of this morning by the provincial trio crimes unit.”
Makhubele said during the arrests police recovered a handgun that was allegedly used to shoot the victims.
“We also recovered household electrical appliances which were stolen in the robbery. The motive for the murders at this stage appears to be house robbery. One of those arrested worked for the deceased’s family. We are investigating exactly what kind of work he did for the family and whether he was involved in a dispute with the family.”