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2021/09/27      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha: 24 September 2021: A couple allegedly involved in the murder of two elderly people in the Free State was arrested last night, 23/09 by members of the K9 and Flying Squad units in Gqeberha.

It is alleged that on Thursday, 23/09 at about 18:15 police in Oranjeville discovered the bodies of two people found murdered at house in Market Street in Oranjeville. The body of Johannes Van Vuuren(80) was found in the courtyard with multiple stab wounds while the body of  Dorothia  Van Staden(58) was found in the garage. Mrs Van Staden sustained multiple head and body injuries. The house was ransacked and several household items including TV sets, computer etc were missing.

It is further alleged that when Mrs Van Staden’s husband’s futile attempts to contact his wife throughout the day had  failed, a relative was sent to the house to investigate and that’s when the gruesome discovery was made.  His stepdaughter, her husband and  their 10 year old daughter who live in the same house were missing. An alert of their vehicle, a gold BMW and registration number  was immediately circulated.

At about 21:00 last night, members of Gqeberha K9 unit and Flying Squad  received and followed up on information that the vehicle is heading towards Gqeberha. The vehicle, a gold BMW 3 series was  spotted on the N2 near Coega.  Members followed it and successfully pulled  it over.

Two people, a 36-year-old female  and her husband, aged 34-years-old were arrested  and detained for murder x 2 and house robbery. Their 10 year old daughter was taken to a place of safety. The vehicle was impounded for further investigation. It is alleged that the couple were on their way to Kariega(Uitenhage).

They are expected to appear in the Heilbron Magistrates' Court on Monday, 27 September 2021.