Two suspects were recently arrested after police found the body of Themba Isaac Vilikazi. The 54-year-old farmer had been missing since March. The 54-year-old farmer told his family that he had to go meet someone in Standerton, Mpumalanga and that was the last time they saw him. His body was found in a donga near Vrede, Free State, according a statement by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
According to Mpumalanga SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the 54-year-old mysteriously after he receiving a phone call from someone who introduced themselves as an officer of the law. When he left, Vilakazi said he was going to Standerton Police Station.
The farmer left his home in a white Toyota bakkie, with a KTC 469 MP license plate, to go meet the supposed police officer. Vilikazi’s family reported him missing after they made several failed attempts to contact him via cellphone.
Hlathi said police launched an investigation that shed more light on Vilikazi’s disappearance and they made a breakthrough when two suspects – aged 32 and 33 – were arrested in Standerton.
Hlathi said that during the arrest, one of the suspects was found in possession of property belonging to Vilakazi and the other one told police where the body was buried. However, Vilikazi’s white Toyota bakkie has not yet been found though.
Major General Thulani Phala, the acting commissioner in Mpumalanga, praised the police’s “hard work.”
“We are adamant that the investigation will progress very well to ensure that justice is served for the murdered farmer. We believe the arrests will send a stern warning to farm murderers that we coming for them,” said Phahla.
Another farmer, Hennie Moldenhaver, 58, was recently murdered at Weiland Farm in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga. The farmer was shot and killed by unknown suspects that police are still searching for.
“We hope the public will continue to give us information on the whereabouts of suspects so that they too can be put behind bars,” said Phala.