Relatives of three family members, who were kidnapped from their smallholding and murdered, have praised police for their speedy response in arresting five people…
Officers had searched since Sunday for Danie Brand, 83, his wife, Breggie, 73, and their 54-year-old daughter, Elzabie.
By Tuesday, their bodies were found and suspects arrested.
“No one wants to believe the police are doing an outstanding job. We say: Boys, well done. We are so thankful for what police managed to do,” family spokesperson Stephen Bennie said on Thursday.
He said that, at the height of the police search on Monday night, seven different police units were actively involved in the search.
Accused to remain in custody
Donald Seolesang, 20, Tshepo Visagie, 36, Realeboga Manyedi, 19, Kgomotso Mpumlwana, 43, and Tshepaone Melato, 19, were arrested in connection with the crimes.
#FarmMurder: The 5 accused of the triple murder on the Brand family in the Northern Cape. Ik vraag aan de Nederlandse politici om zich hier over uit te spreken @EelcoHoecke @thierrybaudet @geertwilderspvv @Martinbosma_pvv @FleurAgemaPVV pic.twitter.com/SDVd225Wz2
— Nederlands Nieuws Front (@FrontNieuws) July 30, 2020
Bennie said some of the relatives attended the first court appearance in Hartswater Regional Court on Thursday.
“Both daughters Heidie and Trudie were in court. It was very important for them to face the suspects. It was very emotional for them,” he said.
While they were in court, the women’s husbands had identified the victims’ bodies in Kimberley.
— Ulrich Hendriks (@UlrichHendriks) July 30, 2020
Bennie said the husbands had an opportunity to speak to the investigating officer while they were there.
“That gave them a lot of clarity. Things are coming together and they got a lot of answers.”
He was not yet in a position to comment on what was discussed.
“At least they are beginning to get some closure or sense of what happened.”
— Isoldé Laesecke (@ILaesecke) July 30, 2020
3 #FarmMurders 26-27/7/2020: Hartswater, Northern Cape. Elderly couple and their daughter were murdered after being attacked on their smallholding. After a huge effort from local community safety structures, 3 suspects were arrested and all bodies have since been recovered. pic.twitter.com/1JRH2hHjnu
— Farm Attacks & Murders SA (@FarmAttacks) July 28, 2020
Hartswater community protest wrt the abduction and murder of 3 farmers…👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻🇿🇦💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/KBtQkpra3s
— Mariska Schalekamp (@MariskaSchalek1) July 30, 2020
The family were also grateful for the overwhelming turnout of the community, which organised a convoy to the court.
Regional National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane said the State would oppose bail, given the seriousness of the charges.
The five accused will remain in custody until their bail application on 13 August.
Brand family murder case.
The case against the five suspects have been postponed until 13 August for further investigation. State says some statements are still outstanding.
(Suspects will be held in custody till next date) pic.twitter.com/rZ6U52wtXJ
— Arjan (@Polska82) July 30, 2020