Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Brutal murder of well-known businesswoman and family friend near Ohrigstad demonstrates the nature of violent crime in South Africa

The brutal murder of two elderly individuals near the Echo Caves outside Ohrigstad once again highlights the cruelty of violent crime in South Africa.

They were set on fire while still alive after being tortured.

That is how a broken Jan-Daniël Claassen, son of the murdered Anneke Claassen (73), described the last agonising moments of his mother and her friend, Hennie Claassen (77), last Saturday on Anneke’s farm near Ohrigstad in Limpopo.

The motive for the murders is still unknown.

The FF Plus is engaging with everyone involved and a search for the suspects is already underway.

The FF Plus will personally visit the family of the victims on Tuesday, 6 June.

The party is once again urgently calling on rural communities to put security mechanisms in place, join existing networks, and remain vigilant to ensure their own safety.

Government must start demonstrating that it is serious about combating crime. Lip service will not stop criminals.

Specialised units must be reinstituted, and the police and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must be adequately equipped to apprehend and prosecute criminals in rural areas.

The FF Plus expresses its deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.



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