7 arrested for farm murders
Limpopo – In a relentless effort to deal with incidents of trio crimes including farm attacks in the province, the tactical joint task team composed of the provincial tracking team, the detectives and the crime intelligence unit have made a major breakthrough in cracking this case by arresting seven suspects in Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga during the first week of September.
During this arrest, one firearm, a magazine and ammunition were recovered. The origin of this firearm is still being determined through the ongoing Police investigations.
“It is alleged that during the night of Saturday 19 August, an unknown number of suspects attacked an elderly couple in their house at Immerpan Farm near Zebediela outside Mokopane. Their bodies, full of gunshot wounds, were discovered in the morning of Sunday 20 August at about 09h00 by the family. Their hands were tied and the Police were notified and subsequently a manhunt ensued until this major breakthrough was made,” lieutenant colonel Moatshe’ Ngoepe, police spokesperson, said.
The deceased were identified as Pieter van Zyl, aged 69 years and Mathilda van Zyl, aged 66 years old.
During the attack, two hunting rifles, 1 hand gun and 1 revolver were taken from the Van Zyls’ home.
The suspects appeared before the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court briefly last week, but remained in custody until Wednesday, 13 September for a formal bail application and for further police investigations.
The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Jim Ledwaba has commended this Team of Police Officers for the determination manifested during this operation. The cracking of this horrific incident within a short space of time, will go a long way in reducing the levels of crime, especially trio crimes in this province, general Ledwaba said.