Wrong turn for wanted suspect


The police officer from Harrismith was driving in his private vehicle in town when he spotted a suspicious looking suspect and his wife carrying a baby wanted on alleged murder of a woman at a guest house in Bloemfontein, Elmarie van Zyl, he arrested him.

Warrant Officer JH Beyers of Harrismith Crime Information Office became curious on the man and his wife carrying a baby at McKechnie Street in Harrismith. He could not immediately remember where he saw his familiar face. Suddenly, he recalled and surf the internet from his cellphone and perused article by Volksblad.

That is where he immediately saw his picture and picked up his name. “I recognized the guy from somewhere and remember seeing his picture in the newspaper. I approached him and introduced myself to him.

He gave me his identity document and realized is the same person appearing in the newspaper. He was heading to Cape Town and told him he took a wrong turn”. I contacted the Community Service Centre who called Crime Prevention members to take the two suspects to the police cells.

The same person was also spotted by members of the public and informed the police even though he was already arrested.

The police in Parkroad SAPS in Bloemfontein have released the photo of the man who is believed to be the last person that was with the deceased, Elmarie Van Zyl before she was brutally murdered in the guesthouse in Brandwag, Bloemfontein on Sunday, 7 March 2015.

The suspect is known only as “Revon”. He is originally from in Kimberly or Cape Town. He was last seen in the guesthouse in McHardy Street, Brandwag. He was last seen hiking on the Truck on the N1 in the direction of Kimberly and Cape Town.

The lifeless body of Elmarie was found by a cleaner at the guesthouse after a bad smell came out of the room she was cleaning. Her body was tucked between the base and the mattress after being strangled.

“One can run but cannot hide. The efforts, eyes and power exercised by police officer is a great example that a working mind always think about positive things when an idling mind sleeps forever. I want to also thank the members of the public for their efforts of reporting to ensure that the suspect is behind bars. It is an indication that together we can fight crime and moving this country forward”, said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thabethe Mpembe.