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Arrest Made in Hofmeyr Farm Murder Case: 28-Year-Old Suspect Apprehended

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

Eastern Cape law enforcement has announced a major breakthrough in the murder investigation of Matthys van Niekerk, the 65-year-old farm owner near Hofmeyr. They have apprehended a 28-year-old suspect, marking a significant milestone in the case that has sent shockwaves through the rural South African community.



As reported last month, officers were called to a gruesome murder scene at a farmhouse along the R-390, located midway between Hofmeyr and Nxuba. Upon arrival, they discovered the lifeless body of Van Niekerk, who had sustained severe stab wounds to his upper body.



Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli, shared that due to diligent pursuit of leads, law enforcement was able to track down the hiding location of the suspect. He was subsequently arrested on Friday in a bushy area several kilometres outside of Hofmeyr.


The swift capture of the suspect is expected to provide some closure to the community still rocked by the brutal murder. The accused is now slated to appear in the Cradock Magistrate's Court on Monday, where he will face the charge of murder.


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