Two suspects arrested for murd

Gerrit Stander
Image sourced via Facebook: Gerrit Stander

Two suspects arrested for murder of Mpumalanga attorney

The suspects face charges of murder and robbery and will appear in court on Monday, 26 October

Two suspects arrested for murd

Gerrit Stander
Image sourced via Facebook: Gerrit Stander

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga have made a breakthrough in the killing of a renowned attorney, arresting two suspects just days following the crime.

Gerrit Stander, a 38-year-old family man was fatally shot by intruders who had invaded his home on a farm in White River, in the early hours of Monday, 19 October 2020.

The men, aged 26 and 30, were handcuffed on Thursday, 22 October 2020 in Kabokweni, as a result of efforts by the Nelspruit Serious Organised Crime Investigation team as well as detectives from Nelspruit and White River.

The duo will be spending the weekend in police custody and is expected to make an appearance at the White River Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 October 2020.

“On Thursday the joint team received information of a transaction to sell off the stolen loot.  The Hawks together with the detectives swiftly assembled and proceeded to the meeting place where they managed to observe the transaction which lead to the arrest of the suspects,” said provincial SAPS spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha in a statement.

The suspects are alleged to have cut the electrical fence surrounding the property and broke down the security door to gain access into the home.

Suspects linked to items in Stander case

Police found several items during the operation – a cellphone, Apple IPad and sewing machine, which they say were linked to the case and were subsequently seized.

An investigation into Stander’s murder is still underway and it remains to be seen whether any more arrests could be made in the case.

According to reports, the family was asleep when three armed robbers broke into their home and made their way into Stander’s bedroom, who was with his wife at the time. A scuffle ensued and he was overpowered by the robbers, who stabbed and shot him multiple times.

Stander’s father-in-law had received a Whatsapp message, notifying him of a house robbery at the residence. The message also said paramedics and police needed to be called as he had been shot. He was rushed to hospital but reportedly succumbed to his wounds before arrival.

Stander’s killing is the latest in a string of farm murders, which have the farming community up in arms, demanding government take adequate action.