Ohrigstad farm murders – Provincial Commissioner commends the investigation team

South African Police Service

Ohrigstad farm murders – Provincial Commissioner commends the investigation team
Ohrigstad farm murders - Provincial Commissioner commends the investigation team. Photo: SAPS

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has commended the investigation team for the breakthrough made in the house robbery and murder of Hotel owner Angela Claasen (73) and Hennie Classen (77) at Echo caves in Ohrigstad outside Burgersfort on Saturday 3 June 2023 at about 13:00.

The deceased’s charred remains were discovered in two separate buildings.

Preliminary investigation revealed that an African male suspect wearing balaclavas was seen fleeing the scene.

Immediately after the incident, The Provincial Commissioner mobilised maximum resources to track down and bring those responsible to book.

The team comprising detectives from the Provincial Tracking Team and Ohrigstad in collaboration with Bosveld Misdaad Ondersoeke private security worked tirelessly on the case.

The team followed information which led to the arrest of a 30-year-old male suspect in the early hours of 14 June 2023, at about 01:00 at his hideout in Tembisa, Gauteng province.

The suspect is an ex-employee at the hotel and was positively linked to the incident.

β€œThe swift detective work and joint efforts of this team is highly commendable, said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will soon appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court facing charges of house robbery, two counts of murder and arson.

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