Groblersdal man becomes 6th elderly person murdered in a week in SA

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Groblersdal man becomes 6th elderly person murdered in a week in SA
Groblersdal man becomes 6th elderly person murdered in a week in SA

Koos Dreyer (76) was found murdered in his house, corner of Tambotie and Ockert street, Groblersdal on Friday night 20 March at around 23:00. His body was found in the bathroom and there were signs of a violent struggle in the TV room, bathroom and garage.

The motive for the murder is unknown at the moment and Police was on the scene and investigating.

This latest murder follows the following murders that all happened in the past week: 

Alwyn van Zyl (79), whose family has farmed on the family farm at Bad se Loop, between Nylstroom and Naboomspruit for generations, was murdered by farm attackers who tied his hands and feet and then strangled him on his bed on Thursday night 19 March 2020. His wife was tied up and assaulted in another room during the attack.

Charles Hart (75) was found beaten to death in his farmhouse in the Henderson area, Toise, between Cathcart and Stutterheim, EC on Sunday 15 March 2020.

Colin Leslie Britz (65) was shot and killed by farm attackers in his farm house in the Elandskraal area, Dundee, KZN on Monday 16 March, 2020.

Neels Combrink (60) was attacked on his farm at Niekerkshoop, Northern Cape on Wednesday 18 March, 2020 and tortured when he was burned with a hot clothes iron on his stomach.

The bodies of a retired church minister and his wife, Dominee Hannes Beukes (70) and Ibel Beukes (67), were discovered locked in the boot of their car, which was found in a field near the Bethal dam. A passing motor cyclist discovered the vehicle late in the afternoon and alerted Police. A spokesman for the Police said the couple left their house to drop their domestic worker off at Emzinoni which is a small township outside of Bethal. They were never seen alive again and their bodies had visible and serious injuries .

Meanwhile the investigating officer in the Beukes murder case has informed the media that the Police is looking for Francois Pretorius in connection with the case.

He is considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen driving a silver VW Polo reg nr JMB980MP. Anyone with information can contact WO Nico Veldman of the Bethal Police at 079 396 3652.

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