Cornelius and Marsh were chatting in a blue Volkswagen Citi Golf, which had been given to Cornelius by her 91-year-old grandmother, when they were approached by four men.
Marsh was thrown into the boot of the vehicle while Cornelius was forced into the back seat, police said.
The pair’s belongings were stolen before the university students were taken to an undisclosed location and beaten with bricks. Marsh told police that he only survived by throwing himself over a wall to escape his captors.
A witness who found Marsh told News24 that he was ‘barefoot and covered in blood, completely disorientated and didn’t know where he was’.
Marsh suffered head injuries and a broken arm in the attack and is recovering in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Cornelius’s body was found at 8.30am on Saturday.
Police say she had been stabbed several times before being strangled. Her captors are also accused of raping her.
Two suspects were arrested on Saturday following a high-speed chase in the hijacked Golf.
The men were seen on CCTV leaping over a ditch to evade authorities before eventually being caught. A third male suspect was later arrested.
Two of the men have been identified as Vernon Witbooi, 32, and Geraldo Parsons, 26.
Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso was arrested on Thursday at the Port Elizabeth Airport by the Hawks and police’s tactical response unit. He made his first appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court Friday, on human trafficking charges. The televangelist is accused of allegedly molesting congregants, some of them as young as 14-years-old.
Popular South African artist, Ayanda Mabulu has sparked an outrage on social media for making a controversial artwork of President Jacob Zuma having sex with former President Nelson Mandela who died in 2013.
Although, the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Facebook has issued a statement saying, that though it respects the right to freedom of expression, it finds the ‘painting distasteful’.
‘In reaction to the painting currently in the public domain by Mr. Ayanda Mabulu, the Nelson Mandela Foundation notes the public outrage it has caused and appreciates that the public is offended by it.
‘The Foundation would like to express that it respects Mr. Mabulu’s right to freedom of expression.
We, however, find this painting distasteful, the statement added.
While a statement released by the Presidency also criticized the painting, but added that they respect his freedom of expression.
‘Whilst we respect Mabulu’s freedom of expression, we find his work grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste,’ the ANC said in a statement.
See the photo after the cut and see what South Africans are saying about the controversial painting.