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Police appeal after Welsh couple killed in South Africa

A couple from Wales, who moved to South Africa to live nearly 40 years ago, have been killed in an armed robbery on their farmland estate there, police have confirmed.

Roger and Christine Solik were killed following an armed robbery on their farmland estate in South Africa. Credit: Wales News Service

Roger and Christine Solik, who moved from Abercynon to South Africa after getting married in 1980, were killed after armed raiders broke into their home.

57-year-old Christine was found dead in a river 45 miles from the estate, with the body of 66-year-old Roger found the following day.

Their children described them as "devoted" to each other.

Our parents were inseparable and their relationship was something to aspire to. It is hard to understand that on their community farmland estate, with rolling hills and endless nature, and neighbours 100m away, that something so violent could happen. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

– Family statement

The couple initially emigrated on a two-year visa but decided to stay, with Christine returning to Wales just last month for the funeral of her father.

Our father was beloved for his wicked sense of humour, his kindness and his passion for food and wine. Our mother was the glue that kept us all together with her well-known warmth, and gentle, loving touch. They were totally devoted to each other, and to our family, which has always remained extremely close even as we have moved to different parts of the country. While the loss of our parents has shattered our hearts, the generous spirit with which they lived and loved the world will never leave us. We will always remember them for this, their gift to the world.

– Family statement

A spokesman for the South African Police Service confirmed Mr Solik's body was found around 3km away from his wife's body.

They said they were working "around the clock" to locate the suspects.