Monday, 09 March 2020

Phuthaditjhaba: An integrated swift response by police and farmers, led to the arrest of suspects shortly after an alleged attack of a 72 year old woman at a farm near Verkykerskop.

It is alleged that on the 03 March 2020, the victim was alone on the farm when she was attacked by three suspects. They tied her hands and mouth with a cloth, demanding money and in the process sustained bruises on her face.

They robbed her of an undisclosed amount of cash, two cellphones, three firearms (2xpistols and a rifle) and fled the scene on foot.

The victim’s husband (75) was at a camp nearby, checking on the cattle. He came across the victim outside seeking help and immediately contacted the police and neighbouring farmers.

The Phuthaditjhaba Cluster police stations, COCC, K9, nearby farmers and a police chopper were activated, and farmers also availed their private chopper. The police also activated neighbouring Kwazulu-Natal K9 unit.

The teams searched for the suspects until two aged 21 and 27 were apprehended. The third suspect believed to be in possession of three firearms is still on the run.

It was established that the 27-year-old suspect was a former employee on the same farm. A cellphone, hand glove, holster and tekkies were recovered on the scene. A case of house robbery is being investigated and the two suspects are expected to appear before Warden Magistrate court on Thursday 5 March 2020.

In an effort to turn the tide, save innocent life and cease the proliferation of illegal firearms in the country, the Police Minister, General Bheki Cele has announced the 2019/2020 Firearm Amnesty commencing from 1 December 2019 to 31 May 2020’.