These three men and RDP dwelling hideout in the background were expected to provide answers as to the gruesome murder of an elderly woman in recent weeks. Photo: Supplied


Farm murder arrests


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Round-the-clock detective work and a tip-off helped the police round off three of the four suspects linked to the recent farm attack outside Bela-Bela, from which an elderly woman was killed and her husband seriously wounded.

Piet Mathebula, Nico Nkanuyana and Tshepo Thebula, who made a brief appearance before the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 2 October, were tracked down to an RDP dwelling at the Kanana section of Hammanskraal.

The case has been postponed for formal bail application to Friday, 13 October. 

Bela-Bela police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Abel Phetla, said investigations led detectives to the house at Kanana.

He said the three were arrested inside the house, wherin firearms were discovered, and that pairs of shoes were confiscated for forensic purposes.

In a dramatic twist, Phetla said the police had reason to believe one of the firearms could have been used during the Bela-Bela farm murder.

A VW Player was also removed by investigators from the property, and was being analysed by police in Modimolle, where it could allegedly have been stolen. 

An identification parade was scheduled for mid-week.

Phetla said the police were looking for a fourth suspect, who was still at large.

Heritage Protection Group (HPG) spokesperson, Ben Engelbrecht, said the other three suspects were surprised by investigators at the house, in the early hours of Friday, 29 September.

Engelbrecht said an allegedly stolen mobile phone was also conficated at the house. 

The attack on Cecil Petersen (83) and his deceased wife, Pattie (73), triggered shockwaves allround, with a joint operation between the SAPS and the Bela-Bela Community Policing Forum descending on the area in huge numbers.

The Petersens were allegedly tormented by four masked and armed intruders on Farm TNT outside Bela-Bela on Wednesday, 13 September.

At the time of going to press Cecil Petersen was still undergoing treatment at Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria

Witnesses described how the Petersens and their workers were surprised  by the intruders on the farm.

Investigators have said two of the four intruders had their faces concealed, and had gloves on.

The intrruders had allegedly stormed the house, with one of them opening fire indiscriminately.

Pattie was shot in the stomach during the alleged attack.

Warrant Officer Thomas Makhubela of the Bela-Bela SAPS was in the area, and swiftly responded to a stress call from one of the workers, in a matter of minutes.

Howevere, by then the intruders had fled on foot and reportedly made off in a getaway vehicle.

Community Policing Forum (CPF) members from the neighbourhood also  descended on the Eersbewoond area near Klein- Kariba Holiday Resort, manning roadblocks and stop-and-search operations.

The search for the suspects had continued into the fateful mid-September night.

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