Police still looking for Free State murderers

Date: 22 Nov 2006
Free State police are still searching for the men involved in the Steynsrus and Verkeerdevlei farm murders last week. Police found the bodies of Louis Fivaz, 77, and Betty Smit, 72, and a 40-year-old farm worker on the farm Modderbult between Ventersburg and Steynsrus. The three victims’ bodies were found in the house with multiple injuries, said police spokesman Superintendent Annelie Wrensch. “The possibility that shots may have been fired at the scene will be investigated,” Supt Wrensch added. The name of the farm worker cannot be revealed, as the next-of-kin have not yet been informed. The victims’ white Fiat Uno was abandoned by the robbers but two cellphones are missing. Free State police commissioner Amon Mashigo expressed his condolences to the family. “I want to ensure the farming community of the Free State that the police will leave no stone unturned to bring the suspects to book,” he said. Meanwhile, police have arrested a man in connection with the death of another Free State farmer and his wife who were killed on their farm Rietfontein near Verkeerdevlei on Thursday last week. Eugene Fourie 56, and his wife Anamarie, 52, were shot dead and the couple’s daughter Anerette, 32, is being treated for injuries in the Medi-Clinic hospital in Bloemfontein. Police received a tip-off on the whereabouts of the men believed to be involved. Spokesman Inspector Harry Nagel said the suspect was found at 2.30pm on Monday sitting in front of a house in the Maselpoort area of Bloemfontein. “When he saw the police he ran away and fired shots,” Insp Nagel said. Police returned fire and the suspect was wounded in the head. He was admitted to hospital under police guard. Police said a pistol with no serial number was also found in his possession. Outstanding warrants of arrests for housebreaking against the man were found on him. Police are still searching for two other suspects in connection with the Verkeerdevlei case. Citizen Reporter The Citizen 22/11 /06