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MEC welcomes arrests in brutal farm murder

2012-08-15 21:23

Johannesburg - The arrest of five people following the murder of a Jansenville farmer was reassuring, Eastern Cape Safety MEC Helen Sauls-August said on Wednesday.

"This swift response will restore public confidence in the SA Police Service," she said in a statement.

"We were shocked to learn about this brutal, inhumane killing of an elderly [man] by young people. It is disheartening that our young people could do this to one of their own elders in their own locality."

Jansenville farmer Owen Charles, 70, was stabbed to death, and his wife critically injured, during an attack at their farm on Sunday.

A woman and four boys were arrested on Monday evening after a shoot-out and high-speed chase in Knysna, Western Cape.

Captain Malcolm Pojie said the police arrested four boys, aged between 12 and 17, and a 22-year-old woman, driving an Isuzu Frontier in the Plettenberg Bay area towards Knysna.

A provincial traffic officer saw the vehicle on Beacon Valley road on Monday evening and noticed it had no number plates. He gave chase, was shot at, and called for help.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and it overturned.

The woman and two of the boys suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital under police guard.

The other two were taken to the Knysna police station. A sixth passenger, a 22-year-old man, managed to run away.

Pojie said the stolen items and the vehicle belonged to Charles.

Comments
  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-08-15 21:33

    Karma is a wonderful thing

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-15 21:35

    Disgusting cowardly genocidal creatures. They love to attack women and very old men. I wish I could get the five of you in a room with a baseball bat in my hands. I hope you all die painfull deaths.

      stefan505 - 2012-08-15 22:21

      Yeah, its a pity they survived the crash.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-15 22:28

    Animals, all of them. How sick is our society that a 12 year old boy is a murderer. Hang them all

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-08-15 22:30

    En geen tronkstraf, hulle is mos minderjarig.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-16 08:19

    This swift response will restore public confidence in the SA Police Service. Not likely! It will take much much more to restore ANY faith in the police service. Granted some of the real police officers do their work honestly, but for the most part of the police service, questionable. IF they start with real action on all the "crime" AND MURDERS I might "sing another song" but until then - NO!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-16 12:34

      Do yourself a favour oh grumpy one, followers SAPS on twiter and observe for your piggy eyes just how many arrests and convictions and work SAPS are doing EVERY SINGLE DAY... frigging moaners.

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