Statement by Premier Ntombela on killing of seven people in Kestell

South Africa: The Premier of the Free State province, Sefora Ntombela, has learnt with shock about the murder of seven (7) people at a farm in Kestell, Maluti – a – Phofung local municipality.

The victims were found murdered at the farm, and no one has been arrested yet. Premier Ntombela called on law enforcement agencies to find those responsible for this heinous crime and bring them to book.


“I am angered by the senseless killing of seven people in Kestell. While we do not have all the facts at the moment, we condemn this savage and inhumane act with the contempt it deserves. I was pleased to learn that provincial police commissioner Baile Motswenyane has directed SAPS’ best detectives to bring the perpetrator(s) to book.

We appeal to the police to speedily conduct the necessary investigations so that the heartless individual(s) behind this crime can be prosecuted and convicted without any delay to bring the affected families closure,” Premier Ntombela said.

The Premier said she was concerned that these killings seemed to be gaining tract following the killing of 16 people in Orlando Soweto last week, which was followed by the murder of four in Pietermaritzburg and the eight killed in Alexandra this afternoon.

Premier Ntombela further said she has spoken to the MEC for Social Development, Mamiki Qabathe, to send social workers to the bereaved families to provide counselling.

“This is certainly a very dark period in our province, and on behalf of the Free State Provincial Government, I would like to extend our profound condolences to the families of the deceased,” she said.