Police in the Northern Cape has launched an intensive manhunt, after several suspects carried out a farm attack in Hartswater. The residents at the property, including a couple aged 83 and 79 along with their 50-year-old daughter, went missing on Sunday and two of them still haven't been found.
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Family 'abducted' by violent criminals
However, reports claim that one body has been discovered in connection with this farm attack – information that was confirmed to us just moments ago. The abduction saw both cars at the property stolen.
Eventually, one of the vehicles was abandoned 20 miles away from the scene of the crime in North West – an issue itself which raises concerns, given that inter-provincial travel is officially banned at lockdown Level 3.
It's understood that traces of blood were found at the ransacked farmstead when investigating officers turned up at the property on Monday. The missing persons were named as Dan, Breggie and Elzabie Brand.
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SAPS, meanwhile, has issued an urgent statement to confirm all the details reported so far. They are treating this case as an abduction, and the search for the remaining family members continues on Tuesday:
"An intensive search has been launched after the abduction of an elderly couple and their daughter. It is reported an 83-year-old man, his 79-year-old wife, and their daughter, aged 50, were attacked at their farmhouse in Hartswater. The couple and their daughter were reportedly abducted and they are still missing."
"Their two cars, a Nissan Micra and Silver Mazda CX 5, with registration numbers YMY 664 GP were reportedly stolen by unknown attackers. The Nissan Micra was abandoned by the suspects at Majaneng village, Taung in the North West province."Northern Cape SAPS
RT #sapsNC An intensive search has been launched after the abduction of an elderly couple and their daughter who were accosted at their #farm house in Hartswater. Info Const Constable Mangate 060 963 6397 or #CrimeStop #RuralSafety ME https://t.co/0FHdEl7d5q pic.twitter.com/dQLc9Qsb1I— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) July 28, 2020