South African police think that Happy Sindane was murdered by stoning after finding his dead body on Monday in Tweefontein, a village about 80 miles northeast of Johannesburg.
"There was stones found at the scene," said Colonel Leonard Hlathi. "We think he was stoned to death." No arrests have been made and no motive for the killing has been revealed at this time.
Sindane, 28, was in the news back in 2003 after he claimed that he was abducted from white parents and kept as a slave in a black township near Pretoria. After he turned himself in at a local police station, an international search to find his real parents was begun, according to The Telegraph.
Many white Afrikaner couples came forward to claim the long-lost child, but DNA testing ultimately revealed that Sindane was likely the son of a black domestic worker and a white man who had employed her in 1984. His real name turned out to be Abbey Mziyaya. The Sindane family said they raised the boy as their own child after his mother left him in their care. They also denied the abuse charges.
Police spokesman Patrick Mabhena told South Africa’s SABC news service: “On the morning of Easter Monday, Tweefontein police received information that there was a deceased person in Tweefontein. He was found lying in the street. The victim was identified as Happy Sindane, who was found with multiple injuries to his head.”
Mabhena continued: “A murder docket has been registered and the police are investigating the case for that matter. Therefore, the police are requesting any person who might have information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to come forward and give that information to the police.”