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Durban - The partner of murdered Underberg timber harvester Dan Knight said on Monday that she was relieved at the arrests of three suspects linked to the attack.
Beth Bucher said the timber contractor was a “down-to-earth” natural sportsman.
“I’ve lost a person I loved. I really don’t know what to say,” she said.
Bucher said her two children, Lauren, 31, and Ben, 28, from her previous marriage, “absolutely adored” Knight who was a keen Dusi canoeist, mountain biker, Comrades runner and a member of the inland KZN bowling team.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said the suspects, aged between 22 and 32, had been arrested at their homes in Bulwer and were in possession of valuables stolen from the couple.
The three would appear in the Himeville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday charged with murder, robbery and possession of firearms and ammunition, said Zwane.
The police were searching for two more men. The perpetrators are thought to have been employees of one of Knight’s subcontractors.
KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union spokesman Koos Marais welcomed the arrests, but called for an increase in police presence in rural areas.
Marais said that Knight’s murder increased the number of farmers killed this year to eight.
Underberg farmers will march on the Himeville police station ob Tuesday. About 50 farmers were expected to take part to protest against farm murders.