A joint operation mounted by Ladysmith police, the K9 Unit and farmers in the Elandslaagte area, near Ladysmith, in KwaZulu-Natal, saw seven suspects arrested on Sunday, September 25, reports the Ladysmith Gazette.
Police also recovered seven firearms.
At least 10 suspects are believed to be linked to two attempted farm attacks on Saturday night and Sunday morning. In the attack on Sunday morning, a farmer in the area called for help after men were spotted on his farm in the early hours of the morning.
According to Secure SA, the men attempted to attack the farmhouse, but the farmer’s dogs kept the attackers at bay. The suspects attempted to lure the dogs away from the farmhouse, but the dogs did not give chase and stayed where they were, protecting the farmhouse. The farmer and his wife remained inside. Police and nearby farmers immediately responded to the attack, with Secure SA coordinating the response.
The seven suspects were then arrested and five heavy-calibre weapons, including assault rifles, were recovered initially. A thorough search of the area revealed two more firearms that were hidden in the bush, bringing the total number of firearms recovered to seven.
The police operation was spearheaded by Major Jan van Straten. A major manhunt for the remaining suspects is still under way, with arrests expected soon.
– Caxton News Service