'Mentally challenged' man arrested for killing parents in PE

11:39 (GMT+2) Thu, 11 Oct 2018

Police in Port Elizabeth arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly murdered his parents in Kwadwesi.

Police made a gruesome discovery on Wednesday when they found the charred remains of a man living in the Govan Mbeki locality.

Police Spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge says community members alerted them on Tuesday since they have not seen their 60-year-old neighbour, Mountain Sipho Taule and his 55-year-old wife Jeanette, in over a week.

He says when police arrived at the couple's home in Mti street in the afternoon they soon expected foul play. They also realised that the couple's 22-year-old son was missing.

The son was reportedly mentally challenged, however, police found him to be alert and responsive during questioning and suspect that he is a drug user.

Members of the community spotted the man on Wednesday afternoon and handed him over to a police who were patrolling the area.

Beetge says by evening the accused confessed to the murders and lead them to a grave where his mother was buried.

He says unlike the father, the mother's body was not burnt.

He will appear in court on Friday on two counts of murder. Prosecutors are yet to decide if the suspect requires further evaluation.

Police thanked the community for not taking the law into their own hands.