Three men who may have been involved in the murder of an elderly Limpopo farmer were arrested on Friday morning.
Alwyn van Zyl, 79, was strangled on his bed in his farmhouse.
His wife, René, 66, was severely traumatized after being tied up with shoelaces.
According to Netwerk24, Sakkie Louwrens of Heritage Protection Group (HPG), a crime-fighting organization that regularly works closely with police, says more suspects are being sought.
Kobus Briel, a son-in-law of the Van Zyls, says he received a call from one of his workers around 00:30 on Friday who told him that his in-laws had been attacked.
He immediately went to their home, which is about a mile from his home on the same farm. “I found my father-in-law …”
Van Zyl’s hands and feet were tied with a cloth before he was strangled on his bed.
His wife sleeps in the room next door because her husband had to sleep in the night with an oxygen mask. She was also robbed in her bedroom and her hands and feet were tied.
The attackers allegedly broke into a door. After the men left, she was able to unwrap herself. She then ran to the workers’ houses about 300 meters away to get help.
Briel says his mother-in-law sustained minor injuries and is severely shocked.
The attackers fled with bags of clothing. It is not yet certain exactly what was stolen from the house.
Marcelle Maritz, FF Plus leader in Limpopo, strongly condemned the attack.
“These are cowards who attack defenseless elderly people on farms, we won’t tolerate it.”