Two arrested for Nyoni farm murder

2015-06-05 17:02
(File: News24)

(File: News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police have lauded two key arrests in connection with the slaying of sugarcane farmer Peter Johnson as a breakthrough, three days after he was killed in an ambush-style attack on his farm in Nyoni.

The arrests came after a team from the KwaDukuza cluster worked around the clock since Johnson and his brother Ian Johnson were attacked.

A group of gunmen, understood to have been armed with assault rifles, opened fire on the two as they stood in their driveway. 

Johnson was felled by a shot to the chest and despite being shot in the face and foot, Ian clambered into the farmhouse where he, along with his wife Cheryl, barricaded themselves inside an office.

Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the team had worked around the clock for the past two days.

“They have taken in two suspects for questioning in the early hours of this morning. A 42-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman are in custody and detectives are on the trail of the outstanding suspects,” he said.

Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu said he was disgusted by the attack.

 “We welcome these two arrests because it sends a clear message the police will always catch up to suspects," he said. 

“We urge the police to continue with their investigation so the remaining suspects involved in this diabolical deed will be apprehended and sent to jail.

“We are again calling on whoever might have information in this matter to share it with the police immediately so further arrests can be made and a conviction and sentence can be secured."

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime  |  farm attacks

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.