A 36-year-old woman has been arrested after the body of her 16-year-old nephew was found in her backyard weeks after she reported him missing.

The teenage boy had gone to visit his aunt, identified as Andile Aalivirah, in Tsakane, Gauteng, this month when she allegedly beat him to death, buried his body, and declared him missing afterwards.

His aunt, who had lodged a case of a missing person at the police station, was arrested along with her 14-year-old son on Friday, April 1. 

The woman’s son is said to have helped his mother beat Neo to death and bury him in the backyard.

Police exhumed the body from a large pit that the aunt allegedly hired people to dig under the guise of installing a water tank.

On Monday, April 4, the suspect is scheduled to appear in Tsakane Magistrate’s Court on allegations of murder, perjury, and subverting the ends of justice.

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