Mother and son murdered at a farm outside Mbombela

A 56-year-old woman and her son were murdered during a robbery at a farm outside Mbombela yesterday.

According to the report, the Emergency Services received a complaint around 18:30, about the incident at Valley Farm and upon arrival, both of them were found lying motionless. 

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“The two seemed to have been hit with an object and unfortunately, they were certified dead at the scene. Police opened a murder case and preliminary investigation revealed that several items were stolen from the house hence an additional charge of robbery. A search for the suspects was immediately sanctioned. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage,” read the statement.

The two victims were identified by the family as Anna-Marie Botha, 56 years of age and Rohn Britz, aged 34. Meanwhile, Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe said police should intensify their search and arrest the culprits. 

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“What is worrying is that the incident happens shortly after the killing of two farm dwellers in Pampoenkraal Farm near Mabola. The police must bring these senseless murderers to face the law. We are also calling in communities who may have information regarding this case to assist the police,” said Shongwe.

Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the suspects can call the Branch Commander, Detective Colonel Ernest Maoka at 0823189843 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All information received will be treated as confidential. 

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