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2021/08/27      |  Written By:  Brigadier J Naicker   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 26 August 2021 – On Monday, 9 August 2021, Osizweni SAPS arrested a suspect that was linked to the murders of Glen (63) and Veda Refferty (60). The elderly couple was shot dead on the morning of 30 August 2020 while at their farm in Normandien near Newcastle. Sibongiseni Emmanuel Madondo (33) was charged for the murders and armed robbery. He appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 23 August 2021. He was remanded in custody until 30 August 2021.

During the arrest on Monday, 9 August 2021, the suspect was found in possession of a pistol with 32 rounds of ammunition. He appeared in the Madadeni Magistrates' Court on 10 August 2021 for being in unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and he was remanded in custody. He will now join his co-accused Siyabonga Macu (30) and Doctor Fikani Ngwenya (20) who are still in custody. They were arrested in October 2020 and the case against them was remanded to 17 January 2022.

Sizwe Zwane (33) pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in March this year and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for both murders and robbery. Detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit arrested Zwane on 14 February 2021. He was the third person to be arrested in connection with the farm murders.