The murders of Pierre and Belinda de Kock shocked the Aurora hamlet in Piketberg, when their bodies were discovered on their farm on Sunday.
Following the discovery of the deaths at about 6 p.m., Laaiplek police have opened a double murder investigation.
According to FC van Wyk, a police spokesperson, preliminary findings indicate that the pair, both in their 50s, were last seen on Friday.
“On Sunday, their bodies were discovered by a female worker on the farm. One of the dogs, that was running in and out of the house, attracted her attention and upon further investigation, she found the body of the female victim in their bedroom.
“According to reports, the female victim was still clothed in the same clothes that she wore on Friday.
“The body of the male victim was found in the garage, murdered with a stab wound to the neck. At this stage, nothing appears to be missing and no arrests have yet been made,” he said.
Van Wyk also stated that investigators from the provincial organized crime detectives unit had been appointed to look into the case.
Residents are in shock, according to Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Mark Lintnaar, because the pair was well-liked by all.
“This is affecting everybody. We are truly saddened. Belinda assisted and served the community. This is a great tragedy.
“We are also concerned by the fact that the perpetrators are still at large. We hope that the police will bring the wrongdoers to book. We really can’t believe that it’s happening in our community,” he said.
Billy Claasen, executive director of the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organization, has appealed for the couple’s justice.
“We convey our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to their family, friends, farmworkers, workers in the restaurant and boutique and the agricultural sector of the Western Cape.
It is a brutal occurrence that has no place in our society, and we must speak out against it. This is a heinous double homicide.
“We totally condemn this in the strongest possible terms and ask the police to do everything in their power to see that the murderer or murderers is speedily behind bars,” he said.
Anyone with information about the event can contact Crime Stop anonymously at 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.