Newcastle mayor Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba was saddened and shocked by “the unprovoked killing of Glen Rafferty and his wife in Normandien”.
“Glen Rafferty and his wife were progressive people who cared deeply for the community of Newcastle. They were both affectionately loved and admired for their contribution towards the betterment of our society. Glen and Vida understood the culture and tradition of our municipality.
“Their untimely deaths are a huge loss for our community, and the farming fraternity in particular. The killing of farmers and their workers should be denounced with the contempt that it deserves at all times. I urge anyone with information which might lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact their nearest police station immediately.”
Mahlaba called upon law-enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrators as soon as possible.
Newcastle Growth Coalition chairperson Johan Pieters told TimesLIVE on Monday that the community was devastated by the couple's murder.
“The barbaric act to shoot and kill two innocent people as they arrive at their farm, is unacceptable and cannot be allowed. We understand that no valuables were stolen. The car the attackers stole from the deceased couple was found between Newcastle and Ladysmith. We cannot tolerate this in our community and SA. We echo the words of the mayor of Newcastle that all available resources must be used to catch the murderers.”