Police in Limpopo have called on Kenny Ramatshimbila to report to the Makhado police station for questioning, after the body of his employer Annette Kennealy was found murdered on her farm in Makhado, Limpopo.
It is alleged that Ramatshimbila lived on the premises and has subsequently disappeared.
50-year-old Kennealy was an activist against farm murders and related murders.
It is reported that the attack happened on Monday evening or early Tuesday morning on the farm Welgevonden.
Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: “It is alleged that the deceased, Annette Kennealy, who was staying with her employee, was attacked by unknown suspects at this farm. The family members tried to call her without success, until one of them went to investigate.
“On arrival he found the deceased inside the house lying in a pool of blood, with multiple stab wounds. The whereabouts of the deceased’s employee remain unknown at this stage.”
Kennealy’s body was found with several stab wounds to the head, a hammer and an iron pipe were also found next to her body.
Kennealy’s last Facebook post, spoke to her stance on farm murders, on May 19 she posted a link claiming that ten farm attacks, including one murder had been reported in four days.
The agricultural union TLU SA’s Henk van de Graaf said that Kennealy was committed to stressing the plight of farm attacks and murders.
“If someone like Kennealy, who was known as an activist, becomes a victim herself, one should beg the question whether this was more than just a ‘regular’ farm attack,” Van de Graaf said in a statement.
Kim Harris, Kennealy’s sister said police did not allow the family near the crime scene, but for her the murder felt unreal, “I still can’t believe it,” Harris said. “All I know is that it was a brutal murder Harris added.
On Wednesday, the DA issued a statement in which it sent its condolences to the family of Kennealy.
“Ms Kennealy served in the DA as a councillor between 2011 to 2014 and will be remembered for her selfless service and her commitment towards human rights,” provincial DA leader Jacques Smalle said.
“We hope that those responsible will soon be apprehended, and that justice will be served.
“I personally have known Ms Kennealy for more than 40 years and will remember her for our shared passion of the arts, her sober expression for her love of the country and her love for nature and animals,” Smalle added.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.