Pastor's Body Found in Grave, After Kidnap, Murder

Monday, February 12, 2007

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

JOHANNESBURG., SOUTH AFRICA (ANS) -- Three suspects will appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court on Monday in connection with the murder of a pastor, Limpopo police said.

According to Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the men will appear on charges of murder and armed robbery.

Pastor Musa Maluleke of the Good Soil Christian Church was kidnapped at gunpoint on Sunday (Feb.4) from his recording studio and driven away in his own car.

Police arrested two suspects aged 30 and 32 on Thursday and found the pastor's body buried in a shallow grave in the bushes at Thokgwaneng village in Lebowakgomo. A third suspect was later arrested on Friday.

Maluleke's car, a Nissan Almera, and a revolver were also recovered.