Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the killing of a Bonnievale farmer and the serious injury of his wife during a robbery this week, Western Cape police said on Thursday.
“Kindly be advised that our investigations into the Bonnievale murder and attempted murder led to the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect, who has been detained for questioning,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.
“One of the firearms stolen during the incident, a .22 rifle has been seized. The suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance once he has been charged.”
Traut said other suspects involved in the attack were yet to be arrested.
Mr and Mrs Tool Wessels were attacked by four men and held hostage in their home.
The wife Liezel, was stabbed in the chest and had boiling water poured over her back.
However she managed to escape to a neighbouring farm.
Mr Tool’s body was later found a few hundred meters from the home in a nearby river.
Netwerk24 reported on Thursday that their daughters Annelie and Jana did not want to go back to their home.
Annelie Wessels, 23, said she did not even want to know what had happened during the attack.
“I do not want to know the details,” she said. “I have asked everybody not to tell me.”
Attacks on farms are a hot-button topic for certain constituencies who feel particularly vulnerable, and feel that the government is not doing enough to protect them.