Headline News
26 April 2019

Hoopstad – Janus Powell, a farm manager at Rietvlei Farm near Hoopstad, was brutally murdered on Saturday 20 April. 

According to Vrystaat police spokesperson colonel Thandi Mbambo, five suspects arrived on the farm at approximately 18:30.

Janus was working on his white Toyota Camry at the time. 

Two of the suspects approached Janus; one was fully clothed in Police uniform and the other wore a police reflector jacket. Their vehicle was fitted with a blue light. The suspects introduced themselves as police officers and claimed that they were looking for a person who had skipped bail.

“The suspects continued their ruse by acting as cops. As Janus could not assist them with their ‘search’, he accompanied them to his gate, to see them off,” colonel Mbambo said. 

At this stage, it is unknown what transpired at the gate, but the Hoopstad Police were informed of a shooting incident at Rietvlei farm. 

When the police arrived, thay discovered the body of an unknown man and the late Janus Powell on scene. Both died due to shot wounds. James’s private firearm was missing. The suspects fled the scene and a manhunt has been launched.

If you have any information regarding the farm murder, please contact detective sergeant Lawrence Mojanaga of Hoopstad detective services on 083 334 0684. 

We extend our sincerest condolences to Janus’s wife, Anemi, their 4-year old son and Janus’s parents, Antoon and Tharina. Janus grew up in Brits and attended Hoërskool Wagpos.


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