BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of four foreign nationals for the Modderbult farm murders.
The Modderbult farm murders happened in Blafour where a family of four was brutally slaughtered.
According to SAPS, the victims include an elderly man Gert Smuts (78), and his wife, Paulina Smuts (70). The couple, their son and daughter-in-law, Louis (47) and Belinda Smuts (42) were found murdered inside their house .
While the police discovered two firearms and jewelry abandoned at the murder scene, they found that the vehicle of the victims, a Toyota Prado was missing.
Thereafter, an intensive manhunt for the suspects commenced. Through the assistance of Tracker, the vehicle was spotted in Balfour.
SAPS narrated that the occupants opened fire at the police when they approached the vehicle.
“…The police retaliated wherein one of the suspects was shot and wounded, one arrested and some managed to abscond the scene. Inside the vehicle, police found a 9mm pistol and a laptop,” SAPS related.
The manhunt for the remaining suspects continued and now, Hawks have arrested four foreign nationals linked to the Modderbult farm murders.
As learnt, the foreigners include two Nigerian nationals and two Mozambicans.
Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda gave a similar account to the one SAPS related above.
Netshiunda narrated that the suspects were arrested at a nearby town in possession of laptops belonging to the victims.
“…Officers spotted a vehicle which…belonged to one of the deceased. Two men were spotted getting into the vehicle and when the police introduced themselves a shootout ensued.
The suspects were overpowered. One of them sustained injuries during the exchange of fire and is currently in hospital.”
The Nigerian nationals, aged 20 and 30 years are expected to appear before the Balfour Magistrate’s Court today. There, they will face charges of possession of suspected stolen property.
Likewise, the Mozambican duo, aged 26 and 36 years, will make a court appearance on Thursday. They will be facing four counts of murder, illegal possession of firearm and possession of suspected stolen vehicle.
Commenting, Hawks National Head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, expressed that he’s sad about the Modderbult farm murders. Nonetheless, he praised the officers who championed the arrest of the suspects and, asserted that justice must be served accordingly.
“These are ugly scenes and perpetrators have no place in our society,” he said. “Farm attacks are one of our priorities and we will dig very deep to establish the motive of the killings and ensure that those responsible for this heinous crime receive the harshest punishment,” added Ntlemeza.