3 held for farm couple’s murder

2014-09-25 00:00

THREE men have been arrested for the murder of a farming couple near Paulpietersburg earlier this month.

Bheki Moleko (28), Mlaliseni Ngwenya (51) and Siyabonga Sithole (26) were arrested last week for the murder of the elderly couple Nico Lens (62) and his wife, Marcia (52).

The Lens couple was murdered at their farm, Commies­kraal at Luneburg near Paulpietersburg.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said three men had been remanded in custody and will appear in court again on September 29.

He did not reveal how the three men had been linked to the attack, or whether they were the same men who were taken in for questioning immediately after the attack.

Koos Marais of the KwaNalu security desk said they were delighted with the arrests and appreciate the work done by the police and now hope for the Justice Department to give out strong sentences.

“We hope the government will take the issue of farm attacks and farm murders seriously; it is a distraction to the food producers and the loss of jobs accompanied by it we cannot afford.”

Neighbours found Marcia Lens’s body in the bedroom after an emergency signal came through on the farm radio system.

Her husband was later found on the outskirts of the farmyard. They had been shot dead.

The news of their death filtered through during the Kwanalu annual congress. Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele, who was a guest at the conference, passed on his condolences and announced that he had been tasked with prioritising farm security.

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