A suspect who is part of the five men responsible for a house robbery on a farm at Roedtan in Limpopo in which a farmer was allegedly killed has been arrested.
The incident reportedly took place on Friday night, 7 October 2022 and the suspect was arrested on Saturday, 8 October.
FARMER SHOT DEAD DURING ATTACK
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said five men driving in a white Toyota Corolla with unknown registration numbers, arrived on the farm, Derde Kraal under Roedtan policing area in the Waterberg District in Limpopo at about 18:00 under the pretext that they were coming to buy milk.
They found the farmer’s friend who was forcibly taken into the farm house and guarded by one of the suspects.The farm owner, in the company of his girlfriend, unknowingly arrived at the premises coming from the local town and were accosted by the remaining four suspects who pointed them with firearms.
Mojapelo said the suspects tied the farmer’s girlfriend and the friend with cable ties and started demanding money from the farm owner. They then disarmed him of his firearm and hit him with an iron pipe, forcing him to hand over the safe keys. In the process, the suspects shot and killed the victim.
“The suspects took firearms including a rifle from the safe, cellphones, a Laptop and other valuables before fleeing the scene in a white Toyota Corolla. The deceased was identified as Janse van Rensburg aged 36.”
According to police, a tactical intelligence-driven operation was conducted and a white Toyota Corolla matching the description of the one that was used by the suspects during the farm attack, was spotted at Moletjie under Seshego policing area.
The vehicle with the occupant was reportedly stopped, pulled over and searched. The members found two 9mm pistol magazines, thirty live rounds of ammunition and 9mm double magazines. The suspect was immediately arrested.
Police have also urged anyone with information that can lead to the remaining suspect’s arrest to contact leading investigating team leaders Lieutenant Colonel Justice Ngobeni on 082 565 8328 or Detective Warrant Officer Sbongile Maria Lekalakala on 082 414 1822 or 082 925 2479 or crime stop number 0860010111or nearest police station or My SAPSApp.
The suspect, aged 33, will appear in Naboomspruit magistrate court soon facing charges of murder, house robbery and possession of unlawful ammunition.