LEPHALALE — Another suspect in the murder of Piet Pieterse on the farm Sumadi on 6 February was arrested on Thursday 23 February. Pieterse (57) was allegedly attacked by five suspects during the early morning hours, during which he sustained serious injuries. He died on the way to hospital.
According to the SAPS provincial spokesperson, Col Ngoepe, the fourth suspect (35) is also linked to a series of house breaking and theft cases which were committed around the Lephalale area a few months ago.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, the arrest was made after the Crime Intelligence Driven Unit (CID) received information. The operation was conducted by CID, Lephalale Cluster Task Team and detectives at Steenbokpan following the theft of a Hyundai H1 in Marapong during the week. WO Mokoena says the vehicle was also noticed filling up earlier at the Sasol filling station.
The vehicle apparently got stuck in thick mud and the suspect walked to seek help when he realised the police were on his trail.
According to Mokoena the suspect tried to flee the scene and ran through bushes to evade the police, but they eventually caught and arrested him. He sustained injuries while running through the bushes and was admitted to hospital under police guard. The stolen vehicle was confiscated.
According to Sakkie Louwrens of the Heritage Protection Group (HPG), they received information that Pieterse’s Isuzu bakkie was sold in Winterveld in Soshanguve, North of Pretoria.
The fourth suspect was due to appear in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Monday 27 February for theft of a motor vehicle and murder, but was still in hospital and unable to attend the hearing.
Other than the Isuzu, the suspects also stole a .22 rifle, a .303 rifle and two cell phones from Pieterse.
The case against the three other suspects who were arrested earlier was postponed until 6 March at the same Court for further bail application. Phineas Molangoane (36), Joel Matshaba (34) and Thapelo Motsamai (22) are still in custody.
Police investigations continue.