29/04/2009 21:37 - (SA)
Bloemfontein - Police arrested four people in Sutherland, Northern Cape, after the body of a 71-year-old farmer was found in his farmhouse near town, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Superintendent Hendrik Swart said the arrests followed the discovery of Klaas van Wyk's body on the farm Keerom early on Wednesday.
"Neighbours of the farmer found his bakkie overturned alongside the road that leads from the farm to Sutherland," said Swart.
The police were contacted and officials went to the farm to investigate.
Blood was found in the homestead and officers discovered the body of Van Wyk in one of the bedrooms.
"He had a visible neck wound," Swart said, adding that the house had also been ransacked.
Van Wyk apparently stayed alone. Farm employees told police they had heard loud laughter at about 21:00 on Tuesday coming from the farmhouse.
Swart said four people were arrested on Wednesday morning in Sutherland while driving around in a white Volkswagen Golf.
They were expected to appear in the Sutherland Magistrate's Court soon, facing a charge of murder.