July Farm Attacks In South Africa: Whites Beaten, Stabbed, Kidnapped, Held Prisoner And Shot, And In One Case, Murdered
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A number of white farmers were beaten, stabbed, kidnapped, held prisoner and shot during ongoing farm attacks in July. One was murdered.

  • 45-year-old Martin Oosthuizen was murdered on a farm where he was employed and lived in Mossel Bay in the West Cape province.

The victim was discovered by another employee. Reports say Oosthuizen was found with multiple stab wounds.

[Farm murder: Martin Oosthuizen (45) found brutally murdered, Mossel Bay, attributed to Crime Correspondent, southafricatoday.com, July 27, 2021]

  • An unknown number of assailants attacked a couple at their farmhouse in the Boschkop area of Gauteng province.

The attackers ransacked the house after assaulting the couple. The husband suffered severe head wounds and his wife was bound and kidnapped.

The thieves stole numerous household items and loaded ten sheep into a vehicle. After they unloaded the stolen property at a different location, the abducted wife was driven to an ATM where she was forced to withdraw cash. She was abandoned and able to drive herself back home.

Meanwhile, her husband contacted authorities, resulting in the recovery of the stolen property, including the livestock. One suspect was captured.

[Farm attack, couple overpowered, assaulted, wife abducted, Boschkop, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 1, 2021]

  • Not all farm attacks are successful.

A planned attack in the Free State province was foiled after police were tipped off. Police intercepted the suspects’ vehicle arresting four males and one female. In addition to illegal firearms, fake police identification cards were discovered.

[Farm attack foiled: 5 Arrested, fake police ID cards and guns recovered, Heilbron, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 7, 2021]

  • Another farm attack was foiled in Mpumalanga province

Intruders breached an electric fence and killed the farm’s watch dog with poison, but beams detected the invaders’ movements, triggering an alarm. The assailants fled.

[Farm attack averted, electric fence bypassed, farmers dogs poisoned, Leandra, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 6, 2021]

  • A man was shot three times on his farm near Pretoria in the Gauteng province when he went outside to check a security camera.

Having been shot in the leg, thigh, and hip, the man was held captive along with his wife for about three hours as intruders ransacked their home. Thieves made off with jewelry, electronic equipment, laptops, a television set, and cell phones. The victim was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

[Farm attack, couple held hostage after man lured outside, shot 3 times, Kameeldrift East, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 8, 2021]

  • A 61-year-old woman jumped from a second-story window to escape a farm attack in Ficksburg in the Free State province.

Reports say Catherine Cairns, founder of the PoloAfrica Trust for teaching young Africans polo, was caught off guard when four armed males confronted her inside her home. The victim was assaulted and bound with shoelaces and left in a bedroom while the invaders ransacked the house.

Pictured, Ms. Cairns' Guest House, Hill Cottage, with polo ponies

Having freed herself, she escaped through the window and contacted neighbors. The attackers reportedly stole the woman’s cellphones, a laptop, liquor, jewelry, and a small truck.

[Farm attack, woman detained in farmhouse jumps from balcony to escape, Ficksburg, attributed to crime correspondent, southafricatoday.com, July 8, 2021]

  • Shots were fired inside a farmhouse north of Jansenville in the Eastern Cape province

A group of intruders walked into the home and demanded firearms and cash. The attackers fled the scene with firearms and other items. Recovered near the house were a laptop, camera, ammunition, a 9mm magazine and a few other smaller items near the house, the report said.

[Farm attack, attackers open fire inside farmhouse, Jansenville, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 10, 2021]

  • A woman in Vierfontein in the Free State province sent home invaders fleeing as she fired shots through her bedroom door.

The intruders had entered her home and were attempting to break through the door. Reports say the woman was awakened by barking dogs, heard the intruders inside her home, and contacted authorities.

[Farm attack, woman opens fire through bedroom door, Vierfontein, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 10, 2021]

  • 38-year-old Mokhethi Sammual Moeketsi faced charges after allegedly breaking into the farm house and assaulting a 74-year-old man by beating him in the face with a chain.

The attack occurred near Reivilo in North West Province. The farmer was bound and cash stolen. The cash was later recovered.

The incident occurred July 11, 2021. The suspect appeared before the Taung Magistrates’ Court for his first court appearance on July 13, 2021.

[Farm attack: Farmer (74) assaulted with chain, tied up, farmers mobilise, arrest attacker, Reivilo, attributed to South African Police Service (SAPS), southafricatoday.com, July 13, 2021]

  • Danie Steyn, a farmer in Groot Marico in the North West province, was hospitalized after being assaulted at his farm.

Reports say Steyn was attacked as he returned to his home. The assailants ransacked his home, making off with a phone, electrical equipment and a safe containing firearms. The attackers fled in Steyn's small truck which was later recovered.

           [Farm attack, farmer hospitalised after assault and robbery, Groot Marico, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 15, 2021]

  • Three victims endured a 14-hour ordeal during a farm attack in Lizard Rock in the Mpumalanga province.

The report says the attackers first accosted a person staying at a cottage on the property then attacked the couple who owned the property in their home. The victims were bound as the intruders ransacked the house and helped themselves to food. Items stolen included a small truck.

[Farm attack, victims suffer over fourteen hour ordeal, Lizard Rock, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 15, 2021]

  • Jasco Dinkelman and his wife, Maria, were beaten and stabbed during a home invasion in Tempelhof in the Free State province.

The couple were hospitalized after the ordeal.

[Farm attack, couple hospitalised after being attacked, stabbed, Tempelhof, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 19, 2021]

  • Five males smashed open a sliding door at a farmhouse in Beacon Bay, East London.

They stole cash from a couple who apparently lived there.

The thieves also snatched two cell phones.

[Farm attack, 5 attackers smash down sliding door, invade home, Beacon Bay, attributed to South African Police Service (SAPS), southafricatoday.com, July 20, 2021]

  • A farmer was shot in the stomach during a home invasion in Pretoria, Gauteng province.

Reports say authorities were notified by two farm employees. The firearm he was shot with is referred to as “small caliber.” First aid teams and emergency services were called.

[Farm attack, owner shot in stomach, Lusthof, Pretoria, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 23, 2021]

  • Robbie Khun was ambushed by four attackers after he was lured out of his farm house by a fire the attackers apparently started.

Khun was beaten and bound and his dogs poisoned. The attackers ransacked the farm house for over two hours. They fled with household items, firearms and ammunition. Khun was eventually able to free himself and contact his father who lived in a separate house on the same farm.

[Farm attackers start fire to lure man outside, dogs poisoned, Sulphur Spring, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.com, July 28, 2021]


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