White River – The 22-year-old man who allegedly fatally punched his grandfather and buried the corpse in a shallow grave behind their home in Swalala, near White River, has been remanded in custody.
Murder accused Siyabonga Sanderson appeared in the KaBokweni Magistrate’s Court, in Mpumalanga, last week on Friday.
The accused also faced a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
The day before the accused’s court case, the remains of Siyabonga’s 75-year-old grandfather, Albert Sanderson, were exhumed from the backyard by forensic pathologists and police.
The exhumation occurred after the grandson allegedly “confessed” to the police about killing his grandfather and pointed out where he had buried the body.
The accused allegedly told the police that he attacked his grandfather because he was repeatedly reprimanding him for regularly bringing girlfriends to the house.
Speaking to The Bulrushes, Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said: “During his court appearance, the murder suspect told the court that he doesn’t need assistance from a legal representative and he will speak on his own”.
Earlier, the suspect told the court that he did not intend to apply for bail.
Brigadier Mohlala said: “The suspect remains in custody”.
The case was postponed to 24 January 2024 pending further investigation.