Port Elizabeth police in the Eastern Cape have arrested a 22-year-old man for the murder of his parents. The man confessed to the murders and pointed out a grave where he had buried his mother. Picture: Supplied

PORT ELIZABETH: A 22-year-old Eastern Cape man has confessed to killing his parents.

He has been arrested. Earlier this week police were alerted that neighbours had not seen the couple for more than a week.

Police launched an extensive search for them. The 60-year-old father’s charred body was discovered on Wednesday morning in an open field next to Mti Street, Govan Mbeki locality.

His charred remains were found 70 metres from their home.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said Kwadesi detectives arrested the man on Wednesday night after he made a confession and pointed out a grave where he had buried his mother.

Beetge said the son’s arrest was made after community members in the area spotted him at a nearby street on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say community members have pointed out that the suspect was mentally challenged.

However, Beetge said detectives observed him to be alert and responsive during questioning but suspected that he was a drug user.

The suspect is expected to appear before the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court on Friday on two charges of murder.

Beetge said the NPA would decide if further evaluation was required.

Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie expressed appreciation towards the community for not taking the law into their own hands. “The alertness of the community led police to uncover this double murder. The suspect will be brought before court to face the consequences of his actions,” said Rabie.