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Elderly man found dead, three suspects and traditional healer bust with a cellphone and a firearm


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

BRANDFORT - Four people were arrested swiftly after the discovery of the body of a 75-year-old man in his house in Brandfort.

On 19 January 2023, at about 09:00, the domestic worker alerted the SAPS of the gruesome discovery. The deceased was found in a pool of blood, he sustained a wound on his head and it is suspected that a blunt object was used. Emergency Medical Service personnel were summoned to the scene and he was certified dead.

A case of Murder was registered, and information was received that was operationalised. Thereafter, a house was identified in Majwemasweu, three suspects and the house owner, who is a traditional healer were found. The house was searched and a cellphone belonging to the deceased as well as an unlicensed .22 Star pistol was found and seized. The traditional healer was found in possession of the unlicensed firearm.

The three arrested suspects, aged 21, 23 and 31 and the traditional healer (38) are facing charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and murder. They will appear in the Brandfort Magistrate Court on 23 January 2023.

The Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General BB Motswenyane applauded the SAPS members for arresting these four suspects soon after the murder.


Captain Stephen Thakeng
079 528 4811