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Brutal Hartswater murder suspects to appear in court on Thursday

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The police has confirmed that the five suspects linked with the brutal murder of three members of the Brand family in Hartwater, in the Northern Cape in July will appear in court for the second time on Thursday.

Danie, 83, and Breggie Brand, 73, and their daughter Elzabie, 54, were found dead in fields in the Taung area, some 30km north of Hartswater.

This was after a search was launched when news that the family went missing on Sunday July 26 was reported.

They were allegedly attacked on their smallholding in Hartswater before being murdered and transported to the fields.

Elzabie’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on Monday July 27 while the bodies of her parents were found about a kilometre away the next day.

The suspects, Tshepo Visagie, 36, Khomotso Mpumlwana, 43, Donald Seolesang, 20, Tshepaone Melato, 19, and Realeboga Manyedi, 18 appeared in the Hartswater magistrate’s court on Thursday July 30, on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery.

They remained in custody and are to appear on August 13.

The police recovered a Sahara laptop and Samsung J5 cellphone, which were pawned at a shop for R400 at Vaaltyn village in the Taung area.

A handbag was found with Mpumlwana, which contained one of the victims’ driving licence, identity document and store cards.

Police spokesperson, Brig Mohale Ramatseba said these items were stolen from the Brand’s family.

The Brand family was buried last Thursday.

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