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Two arrested after an house robbery and attempted murder incident on small holding


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

ORANJEVILLE – Two suspects will appear in court after being arrested shortly after an incident on a small holding in Oranjeville. The two suspects, aged 32 and 42, were arrested at a roadblock in Viljoensdrift.

On 27 May 2023 at about 00:30, the police were called to a small holding at Oranjeville, where the Van Biljon family is staying. It is alleged that six armed men entered the house and as Mr André van Biljon (70) tried to call for backup from other farmers on a radio, the perpetrators fired several shots. Mr Van Biljon sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and hand. His son, Mr Lukas van Biljon (47), was also attacked and the perpetrators stabbed him several times with a knife. They also tied the children with cable ties.

The suspects fled with a Range Rover which was recovered on Strydom Street in Oranjeville. The suspects fled in a Toyota Camry when they saw the blue lights of the police. An activation plan involving surrounding police and farmers blocked off all roads and at a roadblock at Viljoensdrift the vehicle was stopped. The two suspects were arrested. The vehicle was also confiscated.

They will appear in the Heilbron Magistrates Court today on charges of house robbery and attempted murder.


Captain Loraine Earle
082 446 1020