Sep 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

Writing about the main

Farm murders: Two arrested after missing farmer’s dead body was found

Themba Isaac Vilikazi disappeared in March. The 54-year-old farmer told his family he needed to meet someone in Standerton, Mpumalanga, and that was the last time they saw him. His body was found on Tuesday, May 18, in a donga near Vrede, Free State, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS).


According to Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, SAPS spokesman for Mpumalanga, the 54-year-old mysteriously disappeared on March 25th. Vilikazi announced to his family that he was going to Standerton Police Station after receiving a call from someone introducing himself as an officer.

The farmer left his house in a white Toyota bakkie with a KTC 469 MP license plate to meet the supposed police officer. Vilikazi’s family reported him missing after making several failed attempts to contact him on his cell phone.

Hlathi said police had opened an investigation that would shed more light on Vilikazi’s disappearance and on Tuesday had they achieved a breakthrough when two suspects were 32 and 33 – were arrested in Standerton.

During the arrest, property of the missing farmer was found in the possession of one of the suspects, while the other reported to police where the body was buried. “Vilikazi’s white Toyota Bakkie … has not yet been found,” said Hlathi.


Major General Thulani Phala, the acting commissioner in Mpumalanga, praised the “hard work” of the police.

< "We firmly believe that the investigation will go very well to ensure that justice is brought to the murdered farmer," said Phala. "We believe the arrests will send a stern warning to the farm killers that we will pick them up."

Another farmer, Hennie Moldenhaver, 58, was born on Sunday May 16 Murdered on the Weiland Farm in Amersfoort – a small town in Mpumalanga.

The farmer was shot dead by unknown suspects who the police are still looking for. “We hope that the public will continue to provide us with information about the whereabouts of suspects so that they can also be put behind bars,” said Phala