Manhunt after 2 Muldersdrift murders

2013-04-03 10:56
Police (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Police have launched a manhunt after a security guard and the estate manager of the Heia Safari Ranch in Muldersdrift were shot dead in two unrelated incidents this week.

Security guard Sydney Ndata was shot dead at around 23:50 on Monday night, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini on Wednesday.

He and another guard were sitting at the guard room on plot five Nietgedacht when two people confronted them, one pointing a gun at them

"When one of the security guards screamed at them a shot was fired," he said.

"Ndata was fatally shot and the suspects robbed them of firearms before fleeing from the scene on foot," said Dlamini.

Estate manager shot dead

Then on Tuesday night at around 19:30 at the ranch in Muldersdrift, estate manager Paul Schulte, "who is involved in security management, was attacked by unknown suspects", Dlamini said.

"It is suspected that the victim might have been attacked and shot with his firearm before it was taken by the suspects. Both victims died at the scene."

Police believed the attackers in both cases were from the same group.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the suspects to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Family friend Paul Starkey said they believed Schulte had been ambushed.

The ranch, in the countryside west of Johannesburg, is famed for wild animals that wander freely among guests, and the open water swimming gatherings held in the ranch's lake.

Schulte's former wife Gaby Burgmer and daughter Bianca, who manage other parts of the operations, also live at the ranch.

The founder of the ranch Franz Richter, Gaby Burgmer's father, was murdered in 2007 when he was on his way to pay staff who performed Zulu dances.

His common-law wife Celiwe Mbokazi was sentenced to life in prison for his murder, along with co-accused Dumisani Xulu, Johnson Tshepo Chirwa, and Gilbert Mosadi.

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