Avalon Cemetery. Photo: Supplied

Johannesburg - Workers at Avalon cemetery in Soweto stumbled upon the body of a woman dumped in a stream and covered with grass on Friday.

The woman, believed to have been between the ages of 20 and 30, had fresh wounds on her body, indicating she might have been a victim of assault.

Police spokesman Kay Makhubela said on Sunday the body was yet to be identified.

This discovery followed another, on the same day, of a Protea Glen, Soweto, woman. The 33-year-old was found with her throat slit. She had been thrown down a mine shaft. “Her car was found idling on the side of the road in Protea but with no one inside,” said Makhubela, adding that her family had identified her at the Randfontein mortuary.

Meanwhile, two alleged hijackers died in a hail of bullets during a shootout with the police while travelling in a stolen car in the early hours of on Sunday morning. The men were part of a group of four who allegedly shot a man in Roodepoort on Saturday before taking his car.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle in Zola, Soweto. “Instead of stopping, they started shooting at the police. The police shot back and two of the alleged hijackers were shot dead. Two others who were in the car jumped out and ran on foot,” Makhubela said.

They were still at large last night.

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