Chantell "China" Matthyssen, 21. Picture: Supplied

Cape Town - A 47-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of 21-year-old Chantell Matthyssen.

Her body was found under branches at a farm near Wellington on Monday afternoon. 

Matthyssen was reported missing from her house in Kuils River after she went to Wellington for a job. She was last seen on June 23. It is believed she went to meet a friend of her parents.

According to Matthyssen's mother, the victim was promised a job as a packer at a wine farm. She revealed that Chantell left her three-year-old son with her and took a train to Wellington on June 23.

On June 24, she sent Chantell a text on the family friend's phone and was confused when her daughter responded in “hoë Afrikaans”, she told the Daily Voice. Two days later, she and her husband drove to Wellington to find answers.

They contacted the police when it was discovered that the family friend gave 'the wrong farm name'.

"The circumstances related to this incident are under investigation. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death," said South African Police Service (SAPS) in a statement.