Japie and Emma were attacked on April the 28th, 2018 and were forced into the house where Emma was also assaulted. They were then 75 and 74 years old respectively.
The Van der Berg couple, according to information, were murdered on a farm outside Boshof a week past Friday with their own firearms.
Two firearms apparently found under a bed of one of the alleged murderers belonged to the murdered couple.
One of the four men who appeared in court in Boshof in connection with the murders of Sakkie (67) and Ina van der Berg, 62, was out on bail for another farm attack outside Hertzogville at the time of the murders.
A worker called for help and five men, were arrested.
Johannes Lolo Sekgoro (also been charged with two other farm attacks), 41, Lecpile Daniel Sidas, Daniel Tsekiso Seloane and Thami Terrence Kat appeared in the Boshof Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning on charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Hannes de Jager, who operates security services in the Western Free State, says Sekgoro will appear in court again on the 5th of August in connection with the farm attack outside Hertzogville on Japie and Emma van den Berg.
In one attack, the investigation has just been completed and in the other attack, the elderly victims were so traumatized that they fled to Australia before the trial could take place.
The accused, who were arrested were also allegedly involved in various other crimes, including stock theft.