Two suspects have been arrested in connection with two burglaries days before the farm attack in Dewetsdorp, Free State, where an injured Joey Pienaar, 75, had to run about a mile barefoot for help.
Prior to the attack on Joey, 75, and her husband, Gert, 81, in the morning hours of December 23, they also broke into their barn the night of December 15-16 says Brig. Motantsi Makhele, police spokesman.
The two suspects, who were arrested on Friday, will make their first court appearance on Monday.
Makhele said the men, aged 39 and 34, who were from the area, were arrested at the store in connection with the burglary.
The 34-year-old man was also arrested for burglary at the home. He was on parole for burglary on nearby farms.
However, Makhele said the suspects could not yet be linked to the farm attack.
It’s been reported earlier six attackers attacked the Pienaars in their bedroom shortly after midnight on December 23. They demanded the safe and money.
The couple was assaulted with a rifle, glass bottle and knife. They were tied up, but Joey got away and ran to the neighbors. The attackers ran away after stealing two handguns, a small-caliber rifle, wallet and cellphone.
Jannie van Tonder, the couple’s son-in-law, says the Pienaars are doing well at the moment.
“It’s getting better every day, but our lives are pretty much mixed up.”