A Free State police captain was arrested on Wednesday for having a link with the murder of two suspected farm attackers and he is expected to appear in the Parys Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
According to Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the police officer was linked to the murder case which took place in January.
“We are determined to get to the bottom of this matter and we still call upon the community of Parys that if anyone has information they must not be afraid to contact us,” he said while refusing to speak further on the case.
The murder took place when a farmer from the farm Biesiesbult, near Parys, claimed that he was attacked by two armed men who demanded for R20 000 after which he was pistol whipped but he said he managed to run into his house and press a panic button. On hearing that, his attackers ran away.
Few kilometers from Biesiesbult, the farmers neighbours were seen beating up two men – Samuel Tjexa, and Seun Tangasha who were aged 35 and late 20s respectfully; who they presumed were his attackers.
The two were allegedly assaulted by the farmers before they were handed over to the police. Tjexa was admitted to Parys Provincial Hospital but Tangasha who was admitted to Pelonomi Hospital was declared dead on arrival. Later the same day, Tjexa died.
To this case, four free State farmers namely Anton Loggerenberg, Boeta van der Westhuizen, as well as father and son Johan Cilliers senior and junior – were arrested last month but were granted bail of R5000. The court appearance which is scheduled to take place on February 12 will probably relate how the police officer is connected to the case.