Five people have been arrested for burning a 23-year-old man to death in the Wakeni village near Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the five men, aged between 25 and 27, allegedly torched a bakkie on Saturday with the man still inside.

It was later established that the bakkie was stolen from another village.

In a separate incident, a 35-year-old man was found near Butterworth with multiple wounds to his body.

Manatha said a case of murder was being investigated. - Sapa