Four people murdered on farm near Balfour

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One of the suspects, Amos Mthembu, is being escorted by members of Secunda K9 unit.

Four people were murdered on a farm near Balfour.
Police found the bodies of Gert Smuts, his wife Paulina, their son Louis and his wife, Belinda, on Tuesday morning on Modderbult Farm.
According to Capt Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesman of Mpumalanga Hawks, the suspects are two Nigerian nationals and two Mozambicans.
Members of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, members of the K9 unit, SANEB, Visible Policing members and the Local Criminal Record Centre officers responded to a farm attack incident which was reported in the area.
When they arrived at the scene they found four bodies with bullet wounds.
The two Nigerans were arrested in a nearby town for being in possession of two laptops which belonged to the victims.
“While continuing with the investigations, the officers spotted a vehicle which also belonged to one of the deceased,” said Capt Sekgotodi.
“Two men were spotted getting into the vehicle and when the police introduced themselves a shootout ensued.
“The suspects were overpowered and it was later established that both suspects were Mozambican nationals.
“One of them sustained injuries during the exchange of fire and is currently in hospital.”
The two Nigerians appeared in the Magistrate’s Court in Balfour today on charges of possession of suspected stolen properties.
The two Mozambicans will appear in court tomorrow and face charges of murder, illegal possession of firearms and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza expressed his sadness on the incident but was quick to applaud the officers for a swift arrest.
He said the investigation must leave no stone unturned to ensure that justice is served accordingly.
“These are ugly scenes and perpetrators have no place in our society,” said Lieutenant General Ntlemeza.
“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.

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