Seven suspects arrested for Van Zyl family murder

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Seven suspects have been nabbed for murder of a family on Kalkpoort Game Farm at the Immerpan area near Roedan outside Marble Hall.

MARBLE HALL – Police have made a major breakthrough in the arrest of suspects linked to the murder of the Van Zyl family on the Kalkpoort Game Farm at the Immerpan area near Roedan outside marble man.

Police said the arrest of the seven suspects followed a relentless effort to deal with incidents of trio crimes including farm attacks in the province.

According to police, the Tactical Joint Task Team composed of the Provincial Tracking Team, the detectives and Crime Intelligence Unit arrested the suspects in Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga last week.

The arrested suspects were identified as Bheki Mhlabane (30) from Jerusalem near Hazyview in Mpumalanga, Panuel Mpho Mbuyane (33), Dumisane Nkosi (33), Ntando Shabane (29), Nhlanhla Willis Phiri (37), all four from Masoyi in Mpumalanga, Sfiso Mlazi (36) from Mashanda, also in Mpumalanga and Vision Bhokodisa (42) who is a Zimbabwean national and also the deceased’s former employee.

Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said one firearm, a magazine and ammunition were recovered during the arrests.

Ngoepe said the origin of the firearm was still being determined through the ongoing police investigations.

The bodies of Piet Van Zyl (69) and his wife Tilla (66) were found on their farm, Kalkpoort Game Farm in the Immerpan area near Roedan on Sunday 20 August 2017 at about 09:00 in the morning.

According to police, it is alleged that the couple were asleep when the suspects broke the door to their bedroom and entered.

Ngoepe said the couple was held hostage at gunpoint and the suspects ransacked the house, and then shot the couple during the incident, and fled the scene.

He added that their bodies were discovered late that morning around 09:00 by a family member who informed police.

General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, has commended the team for the determination manifested during the operation.

Ledwaba said the cracking of the horrific incident within a short space of time would go a long way in reducing the levels of crime, especially trio crimes in the province.

The suspects briefly appeared before the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court last week and were remanded in custody for formal bail application set for yesterday, Wednesday 13 September 2017.

The suspects had not appeared before the court at the time of going to press.




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