Cops hunt brutal attacker

2012-01-08 13:47

Johannesburg - Police were working on strong information to arrest the 51-year-old Modimolle man wanted for the attack on his estranged wife and murder of her son, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

"There is strong information that we are following up. We have received a lot of tip-offs from members of the public in a very short space of time," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said

"There are people that police will be visiting and they will, through interviews, share information with us of his whereabouts. We know he is somewhere in the country, and his days are numbered," he added.

The man, whose identity document indicates that he was born in Namibia, allegedly forced three men, believed to be his workers, at gunpoint to gang-rape his estranged wife and mutilate her in his home in Modimolle on Tuesday.

He then lured his 19-year-old stepson to his house and shot him dead when he arrived.

Police leak

Mulaudzi said police were concerned, however, about information from the case leaking to the media. Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday that the man was in Vryburg in the Northern Cape.

This followed a report on Wednesday that the man had been arrested in Kimberley. This police dismissed.

"We do appreciate the media's involvement in this case but if details are revealed, such as the names of towns, it poses a problem to the investigation.

"While we are following up the information, the man might be in that town and as a result of media reports, is fed information," said Mulaudzi.

He said police had reason to believe the man was in Vryburg at the time of the report and a person linked to law officials was feeding him information.

"It makes a serious dent into the police investigation, since we want closure to the case as soon as possible."

Mulaudzi said the emotions of the family concerned were not being taken into consideration. They were being given the impression police weren't doing their job which was not the case.

He said police were running a parallel internal investigation to find the source of the leaks.

  • Alva - 2012-01-08 13:58

    Catch this monster soon!

      Yar - 2012-01-08 16:26

      I think we need to use the free market and private enterprise systems. Put up those old fashioned signs with a picture of him, and the words - "Wanted - DEAD or Alive - Reward R250,000" That should bring him in quickly.

  • bennievanderwesthuizen - 2012-01-08 14:02

    more bad reporting - Vryheid is in Kwa Zulu - Vryburg is in Northern Cape ?

      Yar - 2012-01-08 14:34

      Don't worry Bennie, they haven't got a clue anyway. Bet the entire KZN police are trying to find Vryburg.

  • reg.tischendorf - 2012-01-08 14:26

    isn't Vryheid in KZN, somebody got their facts wrong or does not know the country well????

      Sad Sack - 2012-01-08 14:33

      That is SAPA, what else do we expect?

  • Ryno Karelsen - 2012-01-08 14:33

    In the last few days they reported that they traced his cellphone signal to the VryBURG area.

  • Ryno Karelsen - 2012-01-08 14:37

    Well done Brigadier and the SAPS. After all the hard work, interviews and sharing information you now at least know he is somewhere in the country!!!

      Yar - 2012-01-08 15:07


  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 14:43

    If information is shared with the public surely the public can assist in finding him.

  • bucksduck - 2012-01-08 14:45

    I think we should not be so quick to judge the police, if i read the story correct it states " Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday that the man was in Vryheid in the Northern Cape." Police are not responsible for what the press chooses to publish. Why not rather contribute positively and try and assist rather than breakdown what the police are doing. Its because of all the negativity in this country that we are not there to support each other.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-08 14:57

    they're never gonna find him!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-08 15:14

    "They were being given the impression police weren't doing their job which was not the case" How could anyone doubt the capability and efficiency of our police force? One only has to look at the government released crime stats to realise how fantastically effective they are! Yes, they take the odd bribe, and yes, they have lost over 20 000 firearms, but we can't hold that against them! Frankly I don't think they can catch a cold, but that is only my opinion

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 15:44

    At least you know if you want to find a Policeman . Just go to your nearest KFC.

  • Piet - 2012-01-08 16:05

    May you resist arrest you bad, bad person

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-08 16:09

    Crazy. If I were the cops, I would publish as much information about the guy as possible. Physical description, cell phone number, last known motor vehicle description, etc. I would also contact all people on his call list. I would alert the banks. Any movement on bank account. Trace. I would get as much as possible help from the public and the business/social network.

  • Gail - 2012-01-08 17:39

    I have to say here people give the cops a break and also the victims! I keep hearing about Mangaung in connection with the Centenary and I confess I have no idea where that is. Is it a new name for Bloem or the Free State or Thaba'nchu. One of the reason why changing place names is not a great idea.

  • liselvdm - 2012-01-09 08:36

    I'm actually a bit shocked at the comments here. Is there really nothing more for you to complain about here than the cops and the media?? This guy held his workers at gunpoint! He forced them to gang-rape and mutilate his wife! He shot a 19 year old boy! Have a heart, and have some faith that the police and the media are all mortified by this man's actions and are doing what they can to catch him.

  • Ken - 2012-01-09 21:45

    I think we should ask Piet Byleveldt to sort this problem out. He will probably get this monster in a day or two.

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