Chelsea Pieterse
2 minute read
12 Oct 2015
10:11

Suspects in R300 farm murder held

Chelsea Pieterse

The men suspected of murdering a Camperdown farmer last month “for R300” have been arrested.

Pietermaritzburg – The men suspected of murdering Camperdown
farmer Krishnadhaven Govender last month “for R300” have been arrested.

Last month the well-known farmer and family man was shot and
killed by armed robbers when they broke into his house after an attempt to
break into his neighbours’ property failed. Govender’s wife and sons watched in
horror as he was gunned down in his Killarney Isles home while he tried to
protect them.

A police source previously told The Witness that seven men
entered the property after cutting through its electric fence. Once inside, the
family was woken up and a struggle ensued, with gunshots being fired by both
parties.

Govender died at the scene while the men, two of them with
minor gunshot wounds, retreated from the house with R300 worth of items.

The family approached Magma Security and Investigation head
Shaheen Sulieman to assist with the investigation, and the company had the five
men suspected of the murder and robbery in custody by Friday.

Sulieman said there had been rumours that Govender’s murder
had been a hit. “However, when Magma arrived on the scene the signs indicated
that it was not a hit, but a farm attack.”

Sulieman said a network of contacts and informants had
helped him track down and arrest the men, with the assistance of the Pietermaritzburg
Dog Unit and Camperdown police.

“These men are hardened criminals and had recently been
released from prison,” he said, adding that two of the men were members of the
notorious “Sticky-tape Gang” which was responsible for a number of break-ins
and robberies in the Camperdown, Cato Ridge and Killarney Isles areas last
year. All the victims were bound with tape.

Govender’s son Dylan said the family was still grieving the
loss of his father, but were relieved that the men involved in his death had
been arrested.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi
Ngobese said a joint operation between police and Magma had resulted in the
men’s arrest. He said they will appear in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court
soon.