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Johannesburg - A 26-year-old man was arrested after a cattle herder discovered the partially decomposed body of a woman in a shallow grave in a veld at Manyeveni Trust, Kabokweni outside White River, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

Spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said the body was discovered on Sunday morning when the herder detected "a foul smell".  

"Upon investigation the man spotted something that resembled human body parts, protruding from under the ground and he immediately alerted the police. At the scene, police confirmed that it was a body of a woman, who was later identified as Thembelihle Base, who had been reported as missing since 10 August 2017," Sedibe said.

"Information at police disposal reveals that Base was last seen with the suspect the night before she disappeared, hence his arrest."

The man is expected to appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing a charge of murder.