Three men appeared briefly in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder of ANC North West official Obuti Chika, the Hawks said.

Bloemfontein - Two men allegedly connected to a Free State farm murder were denied bail by the Parys Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Free State police spokesman Constable Peter Kareli said Ezekiel Mnguni, 30, and Mmaditaba Mokubung, 46, would be back in court on March 20.

Ernest van Rooyen and his wife Annetjie, both in their 70s, were found dead on the farm Somerset, near Parys, last month.

A domestic worker arrived to find the farmhouse ransacked. She and a neighbouring farmer discovered the couple's bodies in the garage.

Ernest's feet had been bound and his head covered with a sack. Annetjie's body was in a freezer.

Kareli said the men were arrested in Zamdela, near Sasolburg, with groceries and cellphones belonging to the couple in their possession.

He said a third man was still being sought. - Sapa