An elderly couple was murdered in Bonearo Park, east of Johannesburg, during an apparent house robbery, a report said on Monday.

The 65-year-old woman was stabbed in the back before her throat was slit, while the 70-year-old man was found dead with a plastic bag over the head, Beeld newspaper reported.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Cobus Halloway said it was suspected that Percy and Noellene Whitmore were overpowered on Thursday morning after returning from a church meeting.

"The house was in total chaos," said Halloway.

So far, only a DVD player seemed to have been taken from the house.

No arrests had been made.

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