Suspected farm robbers appear in court

POTCHEFSTROOM – Two suspected farm robbers aged 37 and 44 were remanded in custody until Thursday, 28 November 2019. The duo appeared in the Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court in Tlhabane on Monday for possession of suspected stolen property and possession of drugs.

The pair’s court appearance follows their apprehension on Sunday, 24 November 2019 and linked with a house robbery which was committed at one of the farms near Zeerust. It is alleged that the suspects gained entrance into a farm where they stabbed a 42-year-old foreman and robbed him of his cash. After assaulting and robbing the foreman, the suspect’s allegedly ransacked a farm house and ultimately fled with a Toyota Hilux bakkie, cellular phones and cash. Consequent to reporting of the incident, investigations led the police to a house in Tlhabane West near Rustenburg where the stolen bakkie was found parked outside. As a result, the pair were arrested. Upon conducting a searching in the house, the police found dagga as well as two cameras, scales and 18 cellular phones.

In another, unrelated incident in Wolmaransstad, the police launched a manhunt after a 67-year-old farmer and his wife, 66, were attacked by a group of approximately five people on Sunday, 24 November 2019. The suspects who pretended to be buying sheep, overpowered the couple before taking the farmer’s wife to the house where she was assaulted and threatened with a firearm. The suspects, two female and three males fled the scene in a white Toyota Bakkie as well as three firearms and cash. The farmer was found dead in the kraal. The five suspects, two females and three males, fled the scene in a white Toyota bakkie and are still at large.

The police request anyone with information that might assist in the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects to contact Lieutenant Colonel Thapelo Madito at 082 416 3621.

The public is cautioned to not confront these suspects, as they are armed and regarded as dangerous.

The South African Police Service calls on members of the community to download the MySAPS App or by calling the SAPS Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. The public is reminded that they may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Source: South African Police Service