Two arrested for Belfast murder

2013-01-14 22:00

Johannesburg - Two men allegedly involved in the murder of an elderly couple in Belfast have been arrested, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

The first man, aged 21, was arrested in a house in Mamelodi, north of Pretoria, on Saturday,police spokesperson  Leonard Hlathi said.

"The suspect was cornered by the police and had no chance to escape."

The second man, 24, managed to escape by shooting at police.

He was caught in Lydenburg on Monday.

A firearm believed to have been stolen from the couple, and a Nissan double cab bakkie stolen from another elderly couple in Carolina, were recovered, Hlathi said.

The bodies of Rudolf and Elna van Heerden, both 79, were discovered in a freezer at their home in Belfast on 9 January.

Their hands and feet had been bound.

The killers stole their 4x4 and two firearms.

Beeld reported last week that they had to abandon the vehicle when they filled it with petrol, instead of diesel.

"The investigation with regard to the case is continuing and more charges will be added against the suspects," Hlathi said.

They would appear in the Belfast Magistrate's Court on Wednesday facing charges of murder, armed robbery, and theft.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-14 22:15

    God help me not to see black white or yellow in the comments below***sad story***dumb criminals***good cops*good country***screwed up justice system

      sani.ghana.3 - 2013-01-15 00:37

      I am disgraced by my own people raping their own mothers and killing these old people, god help the africans coz we have become like demons we lost our pride and respect for everything

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-15 07:57

      Lol SaniGhana, don't say 'we', clearly you still got your pride and respect, don't let other people pull you down just because they are accidentally of the same skin colour.

  • vossie187 - 2013-01-14 22:28

    Hate crime, disguised as a robbery. Why not just rob them. It's not like a 79 year old will be able to do anything to a 20 somewhat year old.

      Tuyez - 2013-01-14 22:47

      I think they hate anything resembling a human cause. Black gogos got killed by robbers as well. If you hate people you are supposed to think as you are thinking. Read all the news carefully. You will see what I am talking about. People get killed everyday for no justifiable reasons. I am black and happy these b....sted are caught. And I can imagine what the family that lost their loved ones is going thru. I am also passing my condolencies to them. You need to stop spewing your misguided allegations.

      vossie187 - 2013-01-14 23:00

      @tuyes, clearly you don't know what hate crime means, this is kinda like a trick question that exposes your views. Stop being so racially oriented.

      Dotmatrix - 2013-01-14 23:02

      Cowards are what they are, taking the easy pickings. Same kind of scum that rapes old woman and children. @ calvin.eighteeseex who cares what color they are, white black inbetween white and black anyone who does this does not deserve life.

      Tuyez - 2013-01-15 05:46

      Dotmatrix , I agree with u. Criminals dont care what age, color and creed their victim is. Their must get multiple life sentences for their senseless killing.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-15 07:59

      What do you expect with the current leaders we have. The youth got no guidance. If you breed a entitlement mentality and a violent mind you can not expect the youth to be any different than your teachings.

      vossie187 - 2013-01-15 16:14

      Now it is proof that all of this is racial hate crime. Another elderly couple murdered on their farm house in the free state.

  • melusi.toyi - 2013-01-14 23:03

    This is just evil and satanic, not 2 be tolerated.

  • poppie.malinga - 2013-01-15 00:37

    I hope they meet their kind in prison and torture the moronz to death...

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-15 00:56

    May this elderly couple RIP.. This is a terrible sad way to die. My condolences to family and friends. So, sooo sorry :(

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-01-15 01:09

    Death penalty is the answer to all this ruthless crimes!

  • avhashoniarthur.mmbi - 2013-01-15 01:18

    good job for police

  • tuscartau.tau - 2013-01-15 01:43

    Simply by not re-instating death penalty,the system is failing us the law abiding citizens,women and children,as well as farmers.Let the punishment fit the crime.

  • gerry.klos - 2013-01-15 04:37

    Cut off their balls and feed them to the dogs whilst they are watching. Cockroaches like this have no right to,live.

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2013-01-15 05:31

    Stupit criminals they can't even differentiate Between A Diesel

  • Sthe Ntshalintshali - 2013-01-15 05:52

    Thank you SAPS, for a Job well done!

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2013-01-15 06:23

    necklace them....much more rewarding than lingers for awhile, that is what I consider to be justice!

  • Lebo Seleka - 2013-01-15 06:58

    Barbaric at its a freezer nogal

  • Sonnyjakes - 2013-01-15 07:11

    Where is clever Simon Maabe? "Police have already identified the suspect. The Grandson of the couple, Piet de Kock, 23 was apprehended in Pretoria in possesion of the elderly's life cover documents and other valuables. He's accomplices are his two childhood friends."

  • Ndangah Alan Mmberegeni - 2013-01-15 07:12

    well done police, is not about your race, a crime is crime and the treatment must be the same, we must just wait for the justice to take his step, people everybody who commit a crime must be arrested and be brought to justice, the color of your skin mean nothing when your committing the crime, and also you right mean nothing when your committing the crime.

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2013-01-15 08:02

    send them to me...i'll know what to do with them.....

  • lownabester - 2013-01-15 10:57

    The more I hear about people (like these two), the more I love my dog>

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2013-01-15 13:50

    Thank you - Thank you - SAPS! Congratulations Col.Hlathi and your team and in particular the investigating officer! This proves that amongst the rot there are dedicated law enforcement officers that are serious about their jobs and defending the rights of all South Africans. Thanks once again.

  • vossie187 - 2013-01-15 16:14

    Now it is proof that all of this is racial hate crime. Another elderly couple murdered on their farm house in the free state.

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2013-01-17 08:25

    Hey NEWS24- WHERE IS THE FOLLOW UP ON THIS STORY! i.e. The court appearance of the suspects. Please give us balanced reporting - You publish articles about arguments between malema and his friends but nothing about such a horrendous case - seem strange to me...

      Lynette Sirakis - 2014-08-04 08:06

      As far as I know the court hearing is starting today (04 Aug 14).. please can we have a follow up News 24 I do not see any coverage on this at all.

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