Intruder nabbed, three escape after attempted robbery on Pietermaritzburg game farm

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Police wait as searchers attempted to flush out four intruders who broke into a house at Ishona Langa game farm in Ashburton on Thursday.
Police wait as searchers attempted to flush out four intruders who broke into a house at Ishona Langa game farm in Ashburton on Thursday.
Moeketsi Mamane

A massive manhunt was launched on Thursday in Ashburton after four intruders gained entry to a house situated on Ishona Langa game farm, owned by Victor Hugo, around lunch time.

One man was arrested by the search team and taken into custody by the SA Police Services.

It is understood that the man is from Copesville area, sources said.

Three others remained at large by evening and the search was only called off as darkness started to fall.

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Victor and his spouse, Muffy, as well as their workers were not injured, but were shaken after the incident.

The intruders fled into the bush after being confronted by workers on the property and after Hugo fired about three warning shots in the air.

After Hugo raised the alarm in a voice note via a local emergency WhatsApp group members of the community members converged on the area to help them along with MI7 security and Magma security and members of the South African Police Services.

The search team made their way on foot through thick bush on foot and using dogs and reportedly a drone in search of the intruders.

When The Witness got to the scene the police and security companies were moving up and down looking for the suspects. Vehicles were parked at strategic points surrounding Ishona Langa and an adjoining game farm to cut off the intruders’ escape route.

A source at the scene said the four intruders had entered one of the houses on Ishona Langa and had “started stealing stuff” when they were seen by two farm employees who alerted Victor and Muffy to their presence.

As the couple cautiously approached the house which is situated adjacent to two ponds that are home to very large crocodiles, the two intruders still inside inside apparently heard them coming and also ran outside.

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A scuffle broke out between the farm employees and the intruders and Victor fired off some shots in the air before the four all managed to break free and escape into the bush where one was subsequently tracked down and arrested.

They left behind the goods they had collected which they planned to steal.

Pietermaritzburg Police Spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that shots were fired at the scene. He said police are investigating a case of house robbery.

“A 23-year-old suspect was arrested and he will appear in court on Friday,” he said.

The incident was the second time that intruders came onto Ishona Langa.

On the first occasion on July 15, the three intruders all fled after they were confronted by a worker and noone was arrested. They are not believed to be the same group.

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