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Police make progress in Eastern Cape farm murder

Eastern Cape police are looking for a key figure in the Cradock farm murder of Thys Van Niekerk. The name is Andrew Krouwkamp.

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As previously reported, a farm in the Eastern Cape was the scene of a bloody knife murder last week. A new update has confirmed the search for a pivotal figure.

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CIVIL ENGINEER KILLED IN CRADOCK, EASTERN CAPE

According to the police report, a 65-year-old man was found dead with stab wounds between Cradock and Hofmeyr on Wednesday morning.

Further details revealed that the victim’s vehicle was dumped in Hofmeyr.

“Police are investigating a case of murder after the body of a 65-year-old man was found yesterday in the farmhouse that is situated near R390 between Hofmeyr and Cradock,” Eastern Cape Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said.

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“On Wednesday, 30 August 2023, around 09:30, police were summoned to a scene of murder at a farm outside Cradock. At the scene, the body of a 65-year-old elderly man was found with stabbed wounds in the upper body. The deceased person is known, but his identity is being withheld until a formal identification process is concluded.

“Moments later, the victim’s vehicle was found abandoned in Conway Road, Hofmeyr. The circumstances surrounding the incident are forming part of the investigation.

“Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect/s to contact a leader of the investigating team on 082 319 8876. The information may also be shared via Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” Nkohli added.

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PROMINENT CIVIL ENGINEER

Meanwhile, newer reports have identified the victim as Thys Van Niekerk, a well-known Civil Engineer from the Free State.

“Thys was a well-known civil engineer involved in a 3-year road construction project close by,” Ian Cameron of Action Society confirmed.

“He would have stayed there for the project duration,” Cameron added.

EASTERN CAPE POLICE SEARCH FOR KROUWKAMP

According to Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli, a 28-year-old man named Andrew Krouwkamp could have central information on the killing of Van Niekerk.

“Police are looking for Andrew Kroukamp (28), as it is believed he can assist police in solving the murder case of Matthys Van Niekerk (65), whose body was found with stab wounds at a farm near route R390 outside Cradock,” the note said.

“Anyone with information that could assist with the whereabouts of Kroukamp is urged to contact the leader of the investigating team on 082 319 8876. The information may also be shared by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or via the MySAPS App,” Nkohli concluded.

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