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Farm murder: Manhunt to find suspects who killed mother and son

Police has expressed concern over the “senseless killings” of farmers. On Saturday, 24 April, two people were killed in another farm murder.

Farm murder

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Mpumalanga police has launched a manhunt to find the suspects in connection with the tragic death of a mother and son in yet another farm murder.

Police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the victims were killed at Valley Farm outside Nelspruit on Saturday, 24 April. The two victims has since been identified as Anna-Marie Botha and her son Rohn Britz.


“Police in Mpumalanga have launched a frantic manhunt following a heartless incident in which two people, a 56-year-old mother as well as her son aged 34, were murdered during a robbery. The sad incident occurred at a certain farm outside Nelspruit yesterday, Saturday 24 April 2021,” said Mdhluli.

The two bodies were discovered after emergency services received a complaint at 18:30 on Saturday night.

“According to the report, the Emergency Services received a complaint around 18:30 about the incident at Valley farm and upon arrival, a male and a female were found lying motionless. The two seemed to have been hit with an object and unfortunately, they were certified dead at the scene,” said Mdhluli.

He added that several items were stolen from the house. The motive for the farm murder is still unknown.


Police management has expressed their concern over the “senseless killing” taking place in the farming sector.

“Management indicated that this unfortunate incident occurred during the time whilst the country is still in shock after two people were recently murdered in Piet Retief,” said Mdhluli.

Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla, said farm murders should stop immediately as its one of the sectors boosting the economy.

“Even during the hard Lockdown, the sector was allowed to continue working so that there is no shortage of food as well as other supplies. All relevant resources in terms of the 72 Activation Plan has been mobilised and a solid investigation team has been established to bring the perpetrators to book,” said Phahla.

Anyone with information can call branch commander Detective Colonel Ernest Maoka on 082-319-843 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

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