Two accused convicted for farm attack by Pietermaritzburg High Court

Yesterday, two accused, Sibusiso Mbatha (23) and Ayanda Mncube (21) were convicted for murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances by the Pietermaritzburg High Court after they pleaded guilty to their charges. The case was remanded for 22 to 24 January 2018 for sentencing.

On 4 November 2017 at 5:30 the victim, Daniel Swanepoel (57) was alone at his farm house at Eensgevonden, Vryheid, when he was allegedly attacked by the suspects. His wife was not at home at the time. The suspects severely stabbed the victim, demanding credit cards and cash from him. The victim told the suspects that he doesn't have any money and they continued stabbing him. The man died as a results of injuries he sustained. The suspects waited for his wife to return and around 15:00 on the same day, his wife arrived and she was grabbed by the suspects. They forced her into her vehicle and drove away. She was forced to withdraw cash from the nearby ATM, using her credit cards. Once they finished they drove with her around until late night when she managed to alert motorist that was passing-by in the area. Neighbourhood Watch came for assistance and arrested one suspect and the second one managed to escape. A case of murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances was opened at Vryheid police station. The Provincial Organised Crime members took over the investigation and the second suspect was arrested the following day. Both suspects were charged with all three counts and taken to court.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the investigative team for their hard work that led to the arrest and conviction of both suspects. I also thanked the local community specially Neighbourhood Watch who came and sacrificed their lives by assisting the victim in this matter. We are proud of them being involved in the fight against crime in our province, he said.

Source: South African Police Service