Police described the Balfour farm murder scene as gruesome

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Police described the Balfour farm murder scene as gruesome
Louis and Belinda Smuts murdered February 14, 2017 - Image - Boerekrisis Aksie (BKA)

Police arrested four suspects after the killing of four relatives on a farm in Balfour, district in Mpumalanga.

Sgt. Gerald Sedibe, a police spokesman, said the bodies of Gert Smuts (78), his wife Paulina (70), their son Louis (47) and daughter Belinda (42) were found on the morning of February 14, 2017 at the Modderbult farm. They were shot dead. All four had gunshot wounds to the head.

Sedibe described the murder scene as “horrible” and said the killings were “inhumane”. The police found firearms and jewelry on the scene that had been abandoned by the killers. “However, a Toyota Prado was stolen and police immediately began a search for the suspects.”

Sedibe said a tracker tracking system found the car in Balfour. “When police officers came near the car the suspects opened fire on them. The police returned fire and one suspect was wounded.” Sedibe said the wounded man was taken under police guard to the hospital while the other suspect was arrested. “The police found a 9mm pistol and a laptop in the car.”

It has since emerged that two suspects were arrested. Sedibe said, “they apparently found stolen items taken during the attack in their possession. We are still trying to determine whether they can be connected to the murders.”

The police are continuing with the investigation.

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