Farm Murder News

Farm attack, family assaulted, tied up by 8 attackers, Marken

A farm attack took place on the morning of 24 May 2020, at 08:30 on the farm Bellevue, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The Kotze family were overpowered in their home by eight attackers. Bert Kotze and the family were assaulted and tied up by the attackers who ransacked the home. The attackers fled in the farmers white double cab bakkie with the farmers firearms. Details of the robbed vehicle were supplied by BKA Boere Krisis Aksie Legend 45 D4D 2015 model white.
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FF Plus call for neighborhood watch groups to operate during lock down

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) have called for neighborhood watch groups in rural areas and smaller communities to be allowed to operate during the nationwide lock down.  Groups, such as the Drankenstein Farm Watch (DFW), have been instructed to cease and desist from community support during the lockdown, as they don’t serve an “essential service”. “We are not allowed to further offer fire and rescue services and humanitarian aid, nor aid with accidents and incidents for the period of the corona-virus lock-down,” said DFW general commander Daan van Leeuwen Boomkamp. “We are unfortunately — and much to our disbelief — not seen as an essential service provider to the rural area and farming community.” Prohibiting groups is ‘incomprehensible’  FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald has said that the increase in crime over the lock down period was a stark justification for such groups to operate at full capacity.  “The disconcerting increase in criminal activities makes it a matter of urgency to allow neighborhood and farm watches to start functioning normally again to strengthen the hand of the police force in fighting crime,” he said in a statement on Tuesday 14 April.  “The FF Plus finds it incomprehensible that Police Minister Bheki Cele does not want to accept help from neighborhood and farm watches while they function as the eyes and ears of the police and there is a good working relationship between them and the police.” He pointed out that private security companies were authorized to operate, but that neighborhood watch groups were not so lucky.  “The lock down regulations make provision for formal security companies to continue functioning, but not for neighborhood and farm watches and, thus, the FF Plus requested that the regulations be amended in this regard.” Concern over farms   Groenewald said that farm attacks and livestock theft were already a dire concern for residents in isolated rural areas, and warned that there may be a spike in such incidents should they not be protected by their communities.  “The FF Plus is worried that farm attacks may possibly increase seeing as rural safety structures and/or farm watches play a significant role in preventing such incidents and also make it more difficult for attackers and criminals to flee the scene of a crime. “There is already an increase in livestock theft and the theft of grain products still standing in the fields. “Much of the police force’s energy and time is spent on enforcing the measures that were implemented to curb the spread of the corona-virus. Thus, the police force needs all the help it can get and so the FF Plus has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently address the matter.”

‘LIVING NIGHTMARE’ Farmer’s wife shot and raped in front of her children after gunman molested her daughter during ‘revenge attack’ in South Africa

A TRAUMATISED mum has described how she was brutally raped in front of her three kids after a gunmen broke into their farm in South Africa.

Brave Nicky, 45, says she endured a four-hour “living nightmare” as Sebenzile Simane also molested her daughter and threatened to kill her son in March last year. The evil former farm worker felt he had been wronged by her husband Heine, 44, and shot his way on to the property determined to “chop him into pieces”, tying up his family and stealing their money. He has now been sentenced to two life sentences in jail, while Nicky has agreed to speak out to raise awareness of the day-to-day terror South African farmers have to endure. Despite conclusive DNA and CCTV evidence the twisted rapist had pleaded not guilty and forced Nicky to relive her ordeal in the witness box in a horrific 10 day trial that shocked South Africa. Her life changed forever at 8pm on March 23, 2018, when a volley of bullets came through the patio door aimed at her 15-year-old son’s head somehow missing him by centimeters.

78 Year old Granny ‘Butchered’ on Farm

Elderly woman found murdered on farm outside Cradock Eastern Cape police are investigating a case of murder after the body of a 78-year-old woman was found on a farm just outside Cradock.
Spokesperson, Captain Lariane Jonker, says the body of Patricia Orpen was discovered in her bedroom on the Morgenson farm, at about 11 am on Tuesday.She says Orpen’s daughter became concerned when she was unable to get hold of her mother and made the gruesome discovery.Orpen’s handbag was also stolen.No arrests have been made.

White South African farm activist stabbed and battered to death with hammer in her home

A SOUTH African activist who spoke out against white farm attacks was battered to death with a hammer in her home. Annette Kennealy, 51, was found face-down in a pool of blood and with multiple stab wounds in Limpopo on Tuesday morning. A hammer and an iron rod were found next to her body. A 40-year-old man has been arrested and will appear before the Louis Trichardt Magistrate Court, Marelo Media reports. Ms Kennealy had been an outspoken supporter of the white Afrikaner community and a prominent farmer herself. She had once been a Councillor with the opposition party Democratic Alliance. ACTIVIST In her last Facebook post she shared a link that alleged 10 farm attacks had been reported in just four days, including one murder. She’d also spoken out against government plans to allow land to be seized from white farmers without having to compensate them. Under Section 25 of the constitution citizens have the right to property which could be seized but only upon payment of compensation. Last year the government voted to amend the constitution to say that land could be taken without the need to pay compensation in certain circumstances.

Farmer (77) tied up, wife brutally raped and tortured with blowtorch, Belfast

A horrific and brutal farm attack took place on 26 March 2020, at 20:00 in Groenvlei, in Belfast, Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Three attackers, two of which were armed, forced the farm workers into the home of a seventy seven year old farmer, assaulted and tied them up. They then attacked the farmers wife. The farmers wife was brutally tortured with a blowtorch whilst the attackers demanded money and was then also violently raped with an object. The attackers then ransacked the home and fled in the farmers bakkie leaving everyone tied up. After some time they managed to free themselves and call for assistance. The farmers wife has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

Victims of farm attacks and farm murders tell their stories – AfriForum

Three victims whose lives have been changed by farm attacks and farm murders, today told their stories to the world in a filmed discussion in Pretoria. They also reacted to the recent statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that there wasn’t something like farm murders in South Africa.  Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, opened the discussion by saying that it was now important to tell victims’ stories rather than debating incessantly over the statistics. Dalene Muller, whose husband Johnny was shot through the head, but survived the attack and was also present at today’s discussion, says that it is a miracle that Johnny still lives. “He was shot at very close range,” she tells. “The farm is our home, our hearth. Johnny is a trained farmer, and to farm is what he does. It is impractical and financially impossible to live anywhere else,” Dalene answers the question why they still live on the farm after the attack.  Claudine van Wyk, whose father Sarel Janse van Rensburg was cruelly killed in a farm attack, and whose uncle and aunt, Johan and Gloudien Janse van Rensburg, were killed 18 months previously, says a farm attack is as cruel and unexpected as a shark attack. “You don’t see it coming,” she says. Reacting to a question on President Ramaphosa’s claim that farm murders in South Africa do not exist, Van Wyk says that a person would expect your country’s president to protect your interests as a citizen of the country. “It is shocking and upsetting to realize that the person who was chosen to represent us at the highest level is dismissing the reality so blatantly. My family can no longer speak for themselves; they were murdered. I will be their voice in telling the world what is happening here. I will not keep quiet. It is time that the whole truth is told,” Van Wyk says. Willem Stafleu, whose wife Vanessa Stafleu was killed during a farm attack in front of their 3- and 5-year-old children, says that a traumatic experience like this has a lasting impact on children. “It has been six years, and still there are noises and other triggers that deeply affect my children. They still do not want to sleep in their own rooms, while the fact that the attackers have not yet been arrested makes things worse. “This is our home where we grew up and we do not want to leave here, but crime in this country is out of control. Moreover, to hear your president denying the existence of farm attacks and farm murders makes you feel that everything is in vain,” Stafleu says. Roets points out that the prioritization of farm murders remains one of AfriForum’s principal campaigns. “We have to be realistic; we do not expect the international world to solve our problems on our behalf. We can talk about it, however, and distribute the message on social media that crime, and in this case farm attacks and farm murders, can no longer be ignored,” Roets says.

Land Reform and Farm Murders in South Africa: The Untold Story of the Boers and the ANC

South African farm murders have long been a niche cause on the Internet, and the country has made headlines again due to a South African government plan to seize the land of white farmers under the guise of “South African land reform.” News of these farm murders and land seizures have gained steam with the release of Lauren Southern’s documentary Farmlands. And United States President Donald Trump has brought even more attention to the plight of Afrikaners with his tweet that he would be looking into the South African land and farm seizure. Most people don’t know much about the history of South Africa beyond the simplistic propaganda of the 1980s – white South Africans bad, ANC good. The history and current situation of South Africa, however, is much more complex.

South African Wine Farmer in Land Dispute Is Shot Dead

JOHANNESBURG — A South African farmer whose vineyard in the Stellenbosch wine region had been occupied by shack dwellers since last year has been shot and killed in his home, heightening tensions amid a contentious national debate over the ownership of land. Four men entered the house of the farmer, Stefan Smit, on Sunday evening before killing him, said Lt. Col. Andre Traut, a police spokesman. Mr. Smit’s home is about 30 miles east of Cape Town, in South Africa’s most famous wine region. Mr. Smit’s wife and a family friend were both present during the attack and survived, Colonel Traut said, adding that the suspects fled with personal belongings. But it was too soon to say whether the killing was related to the dispute over land or was a random criminal act. The killing of Mr. Smit, 62, a prominent white farmer whose family has grown grapes for generations, immediately drew strong reactions from groups representing white farmers and white-minority rights. A quarter of a century after the end of apartheid, white South Africans, who make up about eight percent of the population, still dominate the economy and own the country’s most productive land. Mr. Smit’s was the second farm killing in the Western Cape province in less than a month, said Jeanne Boshoff, a spokeswoman for a farming association, Agri Wes-Cape. In a statement addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the group asked why farmers should remain in South Africa if their safety, as well as that of their workers, could not be guaranteed.

A farmer was attacked and stabbed to death in Clanwilliam

In a media statement by ‘Rural and Farm workers Development Organization’, the sad news of another South African farmer’s murder was conveyed. “We condemn the murder of a farmer on a farm near Clanwilliam in the strongest possible terms. It is a barbaric attack on a member of the agricultural community of our beautiful region. Agriculture is the economic hub of our region, and the West Coast is also one of the food baskets of the Western Cape, and the country. We need to protect those who work the land. According to information, the farmer was attacked with a knife after intervening to stop a fight among farm workers. He was stabbed with a knife and died on his way to the Clanwilliam hospital.

Lock-down On Our Farm – A South African Farmer’s Story

This is why we Prep.. We believe that there is quite probably going to be a civil war in South Africa. What, Between the Politics and the likelihood if Eskom (our electricity supplier) collapsing and plunging  the country into darkness and the countries economy down the toilet. This farmer’s story will give you an idea of what she goes through every day with her family. Lock-down on our farm today near Stellenbosch Yesterday we heard about a white farmer murdered on the other side of Stellenbosch, about 5-8 km from us. I tried to get as much information on the web as possible. Door open, I thought, why? At 6 in the evenings all our doors are closed. Animals inside. On go the beams, spotlights, make sure that all windows areFarm Watch Radio closed, bolts on and no keys in doors. Not too much light inside as well. Fort Knox will be ashamed = then it is on to the Farm Watch to see if all is fine in the area. When it is time to take our dogs for a wee the second phase starts. Gun in one hand, panic button in the other. One stands in the dark while the other is looking to see if all 11 dogs are fine. Sometimes you hear a dog goes into the bushes or paddocks. Now what? Running to get the others inside, we need to get to the security company to go investigate. Recently we added spotlights to see if there are anyone instead of going closer. No, OK, it was nothing and we are fine for now. I feel like a cowboy, target shooting the washing line. Prepared, be prepared my husband said. Me, who is the “Salvation Army”, of the Western Cape now focusing for a bulls-eye. Two Years of Hell So it goes on for the past two years after they attacked our farm in 2017. Earlier that year in April both my brothers died five days apart and then my dad in July. On 25 October 2017, I got at 2 in the morning a call on my cell. My sister in law and her twin girls of 15 screaming. I willFarm Attackers never, ever forget that. My husband ran with the dog = a boot in one foot and a takkie in the other to go help. We didn’t know about armed response then. Four guys were busy breaking down my sister’s bedroom door where they were hiding. White-eyes, dark weapons, ready to grab the girls. While screams for help is heard all over the farm, they are getting excited because the white flesh is within their reach. You know what is lying ahead. Was it not for my husband and our dogs, the death count on farm attacks might have been more. Death in my family might be 6 instead of 3 for 2017.

South Africa’s White Farmers Under Siege

By Michelle McKenna – Junior Fellow.

12th October 2013, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Issue 4, No. 2.

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Since the end of Apartheid in 1994 there have been thousands of reported killings of white Afrikaner famers in South Africa. The government consistently denies that these attacks are racially motivated and indeed contribute to the continuing discrimination against them.

The killing of white Afrikaner farmers in South Africa is a matter that has not been widely reported in the news outside of the country. However, since the fall of apartheid, the tide has turned against white people from European backgrounds and it is reported that thousands have been killed in a move to drive them out of South Africa. The matter has become so bad that Genocide Watch deems the country to be in the ‘preparation’ stage of genocide.[1] There is a fear that, when former president Nelson Mandela passes away, violence in South Africa could spiral out of control and the situation for the white population may worsen further. Indeed, there has been a reported increase in the number of farmers attacked since he entered hospital earlier this year.[2] The South African Government appears to turn somewhat of a blind eye towards the issue of farmers being attacked and, as a result, the actual figure for the number of farmers killed is not known. The BBC reports that there have been over 2,000 killed, whilst other news agencies report this number to be over 4,000. Some pressure groups even claim that tens of thousands have been killed, but this is wholly unsubstantiated. It is also difficult to monitor the motivation behind the attacks as the police are prevented from recording murders by race and furthermore don’t keep separate statistics about farm murders in the first place. The Government consistently claims that the farm attacks are nothing more than straightforward robberies. A study in 2003 backed up this claim, finding that 83.9% of attacks are simple robberies and in only 2% of attacks could a political motive be discerned. This report led to the Government disbanding the commando units that had been set up to protect the farmers and transferring responsibility to the police[3].   In late 2012, after an investigation by their President Gregory Stanton, Genocide Watch published a report into why Afrikaner farmers are being killed. The report was a damning indictment of how bad the situation really is. It claims that the murder rate for Afrikaner farmers is 97 per 100,000 of the Afrikaner population per year, which is much higher than the 31 per 100,000 in the rest of the South African population.[4] So, whilst it may be hard to discern a racial motivation behind the attacks, it is clear that Afrikaner farmers are being targeted. It is a result of this that the organisation has put South Africa on its genocide watch list. Its genocide watch list acts as an early warning system to warn of the danger of genocide occurring. They also have an 8 stage classification system for placing where a country is on the path to genocide. Since the issuing of the above report, Genocide Watch has placed South Africa at Stage 6, which is the preparation stage of genocide. The next stage is extermination.

Murders of white farmers spark protests in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Thousands of white farmers have snarled traffic on some major roads in South Africa in what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of murders of farmers. Convoys of hundreds of slow-moving trucks and cars brought traffic to a crawl on highways leading from farming areas to Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg, and white farmers and their supporters wore black in memory of farmers killed. The protests have been peaceful and the South African police have accompanied the demonstrators. The protests are backed by AfriForum, a lobby group which promotes the rights of South Africa’s white minority, especially the Afrikaner population descended from Dutch settlers. AfriForum claims that 70 white farmers have been murdered in 341 attacks on farms so far this year.

Young white couple executed in South Africa race attack

A young couple waited desperately for a rescue that would never come. Jessica Kuhn and Johanco Fleischman’s Toyota Hilux had run out of fuel on the N12 W. near Benoni, about 32 km east of Johannesburg. But instead of salvation, they encountered evil. As the group awaited rescue, three men – illegal gold miners according to local media reports – walked past their vehicle. When they returned, one of the men allegedly whispered “umhulungu,” allegedly a derogatory phrase for whites. Then one of the trio of thugs pulled out a revolver and fired, parking at least nine slugs in Fleischman’s body. He was 19. As Kuhn, 23, screamed hysterically, the trigger man coolly leaned into the vehicle and silenced her forever with a single bullet to the head.

‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate

LAST month, British woman Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were woken at 2am by three men breaking into a window of their remote farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the northeast of South Africa, about 240km from the nearest capital city.   The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. The masked men stuffed a plastic bag down Mrs Howarth’s throat, and attempted to strangle her husband with a bag around his neck.   The couple were bundled into their own truck, still in their pajamas, and driven to a roadside where they were shot. Mrs Howarth, 64, a former pharmaceutical company executive, was shot twice in the head. Mr Lynn, 66, was shot in the neck.   Miraculously he survived, and managed to flag down a passer-by early on Sunday morning. Mrs Howarth, who police said was “unrecognisable” from her injuries, had multiple skull fractures, gunshot wounds and “horrific” burns to her breasts.   “Sue was discovered amongst some trees, lying in a ditch,” writes Jana Boshoff, reporter for the local Middelburg Observer newspaper. “Her rescuers managed to find her by following her groans of pain and then noticing drag marks from the road into the field.   “Her head was covered with a towel. Her eyes were swollen shut. She was partially clothed with just scraps of her shirt remaining. Her breasts and upper body was bloody. The plastic bag, shoved down her throat, took some effort to remove because her jaw was clamped down tightly.   “How she managed to breathe with the bag in her throat remains a mystery. One of her rescuers later recalled how Sue was unresponsive except for the constant groaning. Whilst the man ran back to the road to see if an ambulance has not arrived yet, she managed to curl one of her arms around her breasts in a last attempt to protect herself.” She was rushed to hospital and placed on life support, but died two days later. Due to her British nationality, her murder attracted an unusual amount of overseas media attention.

Horrific farm attack: Rape, violent assault, kidnapping, robbery, Glendale

Horrific farm attack: Rape, violent assault, kidnapping, robbery, Glendale. Photo: Pixabay

A horrific farm attack took place on 9 January 2020, at 23:00 on the farm Tregenia, in the Kranskloof area of Glendale, KwaZulu Natal province. Mr. R Moodley heard banging on the door and when he opened it he was overpowered by three attackers who were armed with a cane knife (panga), a knife and a crowbar. Other occupants of the home, a Mrs. R Naidoo and Miss C Naidoo were assaulted and tied up with electrical cord. The attackers took four cell phones and a Lenovo laptop and then forced Miss C Naidoo to drive to the Mvoti Shell Ultra City and forced her to draw money. They then made her drive to the Tinley Manor area where she was raped by two of the attackers. After the rape ordeal she was forced to drive to the R102 Glendale crossing where they got out of the vehicle and fled. The Glendale police are investigating the attack and cases of house robbery, kidnapping and rape but there have been no arrests yet.

Home robbery: Mother slain in dining room, daughter bound and killed in bath

Home robbery: Mother slain in dining room, daughter bound and killed in bath. Photo: Pixabay

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned in the strongest possible terms an incident in which a mother and her daughter were allegedly killed on Saturday 11 January 2020, in Lesetlhaneng Section, Hebron near Ga-Rankuwa. It is alleged that a 29 year old woman arrived home to find her that mother and sister had been brutally murdered during a robbery. She arrived home at approximately 17:00 and realized that the kitchen burglar and wooden doors were broken. Furthermore, she realized when she entered the house that her mother’s body was lying motionless in a pool of blood in the dining room. Police were summoned to the scene which they combed and discovered in a bath, the body of a 34 year old woman, who is the 68 year old victim’s daughter with feet and hands tied up. Both victims were certified dead on the scene by Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) paramedics. Further crime scene investigation revealed that items such as plasma television, DVD Player and the victims’ cell phones all worth R25 000.00 were missing. Investigation into the matter continues and nobody has been arrested at this stage. “We will leave no stone UN-turned in ensuring that those committed this atrocious act are tracked down and arrested,” said the Provincial Commissioner who conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family. He urged members of the community to remain calm, not to take the law into their own hands as well as to refrain from barricading of roads, but to work together with the police in exposing and bringing to book those who committed this appalling act of criminality.

A farm attack victim’s message to Malema

Duncan Prinsloo from Bronkhorstspruit lost his wife in a farm attack in which he was shot in the back. He says EFF leader Julius Malema is an instigator in the farm murder crisis in South Africa.

Wheelchair bound man brutally murdered in his home, PE

The 72 hour activation strategy has been implemented after the body of a 66 year old man, Mark John Mullen, was found in his house on 10 January 2020, in Kunene Park, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. It is alleged at about 14:45, a friend left after visiting Mullen at his house in Arlington Street. Mullen’s wife arrived home at about 16:40 and found him lying on the floor. He had sustained multiple stab wounds. Entrance into the house was gained through the lounge window. Mullen was wheelchair bound due to the loss of a leg. At this stage the only visible item taken is a Samsung TV. The house was ransacked and an inventory of stolen items is yet to be compiled. Kabega Park detectives is appealing to anyone who can assist them in tracing the suspect/s or may have seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity to contact D/W/O Bertus Blom on 082 303 0064 or 041 397 6833 or the nearest police station or Crime Stop 08600 10111 alternatively the MySAPS app which is also available for South African citizens to download onto their smartphones. All information is strictly confidential.

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