Five people have been apprehended, who are linked to the murder of KwaZulu-Natal farming couple – Glen and Vida Rafferty.
Spokesperson for police in KwaZulu-Natal, Brigadier Jay Naicker mentioned that detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit apprehended and put to prison the five men on Thursday night.
“The suspects are in custody pending further investigation. A vehicle suspected to be used in the commission of the crime was also seized as part of the ongoing probe,” he said.
The Raffertys were discovered dead opposite their home in August after they suffered from gunshot wounds.
It was reported that the men allegedly robbed the couple before they were killed.
According to police reports at the time:
“The couple aged 63 and 60 were fatally shot by unknown suspects while at a farm in Normandien. Their dog was also shot dead. The suspects ransacked the house and cameras were destroyed. The suspects fled the scene with their vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned at Elandslaagte area.”
Chess Security Farm Watch manager Dana Geel said:
“Rafferty and Vida had last been seen in their vehicle on security cameras in Newcastle at about 9.15pm when they left town after a social visit to travel 45km to their farm. He said the couple were ambushed when they got home.”
Naicker said the men were taken in for interrogation. It remains unclear if any of them have received charges concerning the claims at this stage.
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