SABRINA DEAN – North West police say they are not going to rush into making any arrests after two farm murder suspects were killed during a shootout with members of the community.
Spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed a Maroela Media reports about the death of Leeudoringstad farmer Johan van Rensburg, who was shot dead on arrival at his farm Droëkraal on Saturday. He says the three suspects then placed Van Rensburg’s body in the boot of his vehicle and fled the scene but the community was alerted and gave chase.
A shootout ensued about 30km from the crime scene on route to Makwassi and two suspects were killed, while the third was injured and is currently in hospital under police guard. "He was also linked with a 2012 house robbery case of which two of the suspects accomplices were sentenced to 15 years while he was acquitted," he says.
Mokgwabone says the 24-year-old has been charged with murder, as well as charges including house robbery and kidnapping, and will appear in court today or tomorrow. He says the hospital has indicated the suspect should be recovered for his court appearance, but says this needs to happen within a prescribed time period and proceedingswill therefore run in absentia if he is not sufficiently recovered.
He says police are continuing with investigations into the shootout. "Two counts of murder have been registered and we are investigating but we are not going to rush to make any arrests," he says.
Mokgwabone says the motive for Saturday’s attack is not yet known. Four firearms were also recovered in Van Rensburg’s vehicle and Mokgwabone says police are investigating to determine whether any of these belonged to Van Rensburg.