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Four balaclava-clad men attack couple on Hankey farm

Police are investigating a case of house robbery after a couple was attacked by four men on their farm in Hankey on Thursday.

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Four balaclava-clad men attacked a couple on their farm in Hankey in the Eastern Cape. 


The police spokesperson said Sergeant Majola Nkohli police are investigating a case of house robbery.

“On Thursday evening, 19 August 2021 at about 18:45, it is alleged that four men wearing balaclavas and all armed with firearms broke the glass of a sliding door and stormed into a farmhouse near R331 in Hankey.”

Nkohli said the couple was held at gunpoint, and the victims aged 56 and 60 were also tied with electric cables.  

“It is said that the suspects opened a safe, where they stole a firearm with an unknown number of rounds of ammunition.”

He said the suspects also made off with jewellery, two flat-screen televisions, a laptop, cellphones, and liquor.  

“About an hour after the attack, the victims managed to free themselves and activated an alarm. The victims were not injured during the incident. A case of house robbery was opened for further investigation.”

Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the investigating officer, Detective Captain Trevor Engelbrecht on 082 441 7735. The information may also be shared via Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information is strictly confidential and callers have the right to remain anonymous.

Police are still investigating the murders of a family of five at Toekoms farm near Harrismith in the Free State earlier this month. 


The bodies of five family members, including a six-year-old girl, were found on Saturday.

Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said a traditional healer who had an appointment with the family made the gruesome discovery.

“On arrival, apparently, the traditional healer noticed that the door was not locked. He knocked on the door, but there was no answer.”

Makhele said the traditional healer waited outside for a while, and when he saw that no one was coming he pushed the door and saw a hand protruding from the sitting-room door.

He went to alert the neighbour, and the police were informed.

“The bodies of Mgwenika John Twala- father ( 46), Sonto Selina Maloka-mother (41), Zama Maloka- son (20), Mfanafuthi Justine Maloka- son (17), and Nompumelelo Emily Maloka (6), were found with various stab wounds to the bodies suspected to have been inflicted with a sharp object. The girl is suspected of having been strangled as well.”

He added that a post mortem is still to be conducted so as to determine the exact cause of death.

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