Knysna Police, in conjunction with Provincial Traffic officers, made a major breakthrough in the most recent Eastern Cape farm attack which claimed the life of the 70-year-old Jansenville farmer, Owen Charles.
Last night (Monday, 13 August 2012) at approximately 18:50 a Provincial Officer on patrol in the Plettenberg Bay area spotted a Isuzu Frontier entering Beacon Valley Road. Being vigilant he noticed that the vehicle had no front or real number plates which created immediate suspicion. He immediately gave chase as the suspicious vehicle sped away in the direction of Knysna.
Near Kwanokuthula the occupants of the suspicious vehicle suddenly opened fire on the Traffic Vehicle causing the driver to retreat to a safer following distance. The officer then called for reinforcements from the Knysna police and other traffic officer on duty at the time that joined the chase shortly thereafter.
As the suspicious vehicle entered Knysna the driver lost control near the George Rex junction with the N2. The vehicle overturned and careered down the steep embankment and landed in a ditch.
Police arrested five of the occupants which include a 22 year old girl and four teenage boys between the ages 12 and 17. The girl and two of the teenage boys sustained serious injuries and was taken under police guard to a local hospital for medical treatment before being admitted. The other two had been detained at the Knysna SAPS holding cells.
Police found six firearms, which include a 12 gauge shot gun and five hunting rifles with ammunition as well as stolen goods such as cameras, Binoculars, clothing, liquor and an undisclosed amount of cash. Further investigation revealed that, the vehicle and the stolen items is the property of the 70 year farmer that was killed during a farm attack in the Eastern Cape.
It is believed that a sixth occupant/suspect is at large after he fled on food from the scene is believed to be 22 years of age of medium build and was dressed in white Hi Tech top, it is further reported that he sustained facial injuries. The suspect is regarded to be armed and dangerous and should not be confronted. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is requested to contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
Knysna SAPS opened cases of attempted murder, illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition as well as the possession of suspected stolen property.
It is expected that the accused will make their first court appearance soon.
The investigation will be conducted by the Hawk’s Organised Crime Investigation Unit.
Statement issued by Captain Malcolm Pojie, SAPS media centre, Southern Cape Office, August 14 2012