15 August 2017

South Africa: Two Suspects in Court for the Attack On Hibberdene Couple

press release

Corporate Communication and Liaison

Two suspects arrested for murder and attempted murder of Petrus Kleynhans (65) and his wife are set to appear today in the Hibberdene Magistrates' Court. On 30 July 2017 at about 19:45, the deceased Johannes Petrus Kleynhans (65) and his wife were in their home watching television when three suspects entered the house by smashing a window and attacked them. The deceased tried to protect his wife and fought off the suspects, but he was stabbed multiple times and died on the scene. His wife also sustained stab wounds when she tried to help her husband. The culprits fled with a television and cell phone. The matter was reported to the police for investigation.

On Saturday, 12 August 2017 at about 10:00, the detectives from Ugu Cluster office along with Hibberdene SAPS conducted an operation and arrested a 18-year-old suspect in Hibberdene CBD for the attack. Last night, a second suspect aged 27 handed himself over to Hibberdene police. Further investigation led to the recovery of items belonging to the deceased. The two suspects will be charged with murder and attempted murder. They are appearing in the Hibberdene Magistrates' Court today and police are searching for a third suspect who is at large.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for the arrest and recovery of the stolen items. "We will make sure that the accused in this case get the much deserved punishment for their criminal acts," he said.

Media Contact: Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane-071 683 6525

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