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Johannesburg - An unpleasant smell led to police making a gruesome discovery of seven decomposing corpses. 

Police in the south of Joburg discovered seven corpses aged between two and 50-years-old at a house in Vlakfontein. 

The discovery was made when a community member complained about an unpleasant stench coming from a house in the area. 

On arrival at the house, police found a pile of sand in the bedroom.  

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said a woman and three children were found buried underneath the sand. 

Police proceeded to a backroom in the same yard where three more bodies, two female and a child, were discovered, and also buried beneath sand.

According to Masondo a man that had allegedly been staying with the deceased has been taken in by police for questioning meanwhile, police are also searching for a second man who could assist with the investigation. 

Police are investigating seven cases of murder. 

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