South East Wales

Three arrests in Welsh couple South Africa murder probe

Christine and Roger Solik Image copyright Family picture
Image caption Christine and Roger Solik were described by their four children as "inseparable"

Three suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a Welsh couple in South Africa have been arrested.

Roger and Christine Solik, from Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taff, were killed at their farmland estate in the Kwazulu-Natal province in February.

On Monday Xolani Brian Ndlovu, 32, was remanded in custody.

Thulani Moses Mthembu, 43, has already appeared in court charged with the couple's murder as well as kidnap and robbery.

The body of Mrs Solik, 57, originally from Mountain Ash, was found bound in the Inzinga river in Impendle, 50 miles (80km) from her home on 17 February.

Mr Solik, 66, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, was found dead almost two miles (3km) downstream from her three days later.

South African police said the latest arrests were the result of a "breakthrough" on Friday night.

They said the main suspect was arrested in Umlazi and further investigation led them to Impendle where two other suspects were arrested.

Police said they were found in possession of suspected stolen property and two unlicensed firearms, which will be sent for ballistic testing.

The Soliks moved to South Africa in 1981 after getting married in Wales the previous year.

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