Leon Brits (40) the owner of the Pofadder Hotel was brutally murdered in broad daylight in Kakamas in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. According to a report on social media from a family friend Riaan Oberholzer, he was stabbed with a knife multiple times and strangled with a dog chain. He was then dragged and thrown into the pool.
On Wednesday 07 October 2020 Leon asked his wife Suretha (30) to come to the hotel to assist with administrative work. Shortly after her arrival Leon received a phone call from one of their employees asking him to come and help with the dogs at their home, as they wanted to clean the house. He left the hotel and later the morning Suretha became concerned when Leon failed to answer his phone.
At around 11 am she decided to go home and look for Leon. She found her home full of blood and her husband in the pool, murdered.
LISTEN: A witness at the scene tells the story:
Leon and Suretha lived in Kakamas, about 140km from Pofadder, during the week where their three children go to school.
The Freedom Front Plus said in a statement: ’’South Africa currently finds itself in a very volatile situation as the temperature is on the rise due to various cruel murders.’’
Veronica Van Dyk of the Democratic Alliance condemned the murder and said: “Just like communities across the province and the country, the DA is fed up with escalating levels of violent crime in South Africa and especially the increasingly vicious attacks on people residing in our rural areas.”
“The levels of crime that we are witnessing are simply unthinkable and inhumane.
We cannot continue to live in a society where people are tortured to death on a daily basis and nothing is done about it.” – she said.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa, government leaders and the police must come to the table now. They cannot allow this to continue.”
“They need to act or otherwise be seen as being complicit in the ongoing massacre of people residing in outlying areas.”
“We need drastically improved policing to stop the murders. We need more police officers, more resources and more upskilling of our police service. We need this today, not tomorrow or the next day because by then, more lives will have been unnecessarily lost.”
“We also need more perpetrators arrested and convicted as a matter of urgency, because otherwise the cycle of crime and the fear will simply continue unabated.”
“The killings must end today. People in rural areas also have the right to life and the right to safety and those who have fallen prey to ruthless criminals deserve justice too.
Arrests made for the murder of Leon Brits
A joint investigative team comprising of Provincial Organised Crime, DPCI, Pofadder and Springbok Detectives, led by Brigadier Dick de Waal arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of Leon Brits.
One suspect aged 37 was arrested at Piketberg in the Western Cape while a 34-year-old suspect was arrested at Kathu in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Phiwe Mnguni has applauded the Investigating team which led to the arrest of the suspects.
The suspects are expected to appear before the local Magistrates court on Monday, 19 October.
Anyone with information can contact Lt. Colonel David Groenewald at +27 82 448 4596.
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