Concerned neighbors checked on the farmer after noticing his cattle roaming unattended.
Yesterday the body of yet another farmer, Dr Carel Nel, was discovered. This time in Biesiesvlei in North West. The murder may have happened over the weekend already. The Malema legacy…— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) August 3, 2023
A police investigation revealed Nel’s home was broken into. The crime apparently occurred days before it was discovered.
[Farmer found murdered in home, Biesiesvlei, southafricatoday.net, August 3, 2023]
Reports say Smith was killed in front of his wife and daughters.
Smith returned fire when two men in a pickup truck shot at the family. He was then shot to death by one of the trespassers.
Ingrid Smith, the victim’s wife, was also shot and was in critical condition.
The intruders used AK-47 assault rifles.
[Man shot dead while trying to protect family in Randfontein farm attack, southafricatoday.net, August 8, 2023]
The elderly woman was assaulted and bound in a farm building, but managed to break free and alert neighbors with the help of a farm worker.
This 73 year old Boer lady, Rita Jordaan, was attacked Saturday while feeding her geese on the farm. 2 blacks assaulted her, threw her to the ground, tied her feet and arms. While they were busy ransacking her house, she managed to untangle herself. With https://t.co/v07yVrp2pW pic.twitter.com/MHTYGUIpTj— Boer (@twatterbaas) August 15, 2023
[Farmworker comes to the aid of farm attack victim in Heuningspruit, Free State, southafricatoday.net, August 17, 2023]
Taken were goats and sheep valued at R320 000-00 [sic], or about $17,000 USD.
The owner of the livestock is a 79-year-old farmer who was sleeping when the raid began at about 3 a.m. The farmer was aroused by men claiming to be chasing thieves. When the farmer opened his door, he was met with a rifle.
After the farmer was securely bound, more men arrived in four trucks. They loaded 60 goats and 40 sheep onto the trucks and fled.
[Marble Hall police on the hunt for suspects after farm attack in which livestock worth over R300 000 was stolen, attribution: SAPS, southafricatoday.net, August 20, 2023]
The intruders loaded valuables into an SUV over a period of about two hours.
Reports say the thieves also drank the victims’ coffee during the crime. They left in a stolen vehicle,
[Attackers drink coffee while victims are tied up during farm attack—Curry’s Post, southafricatoday.net, August 21, 2023]
Three males gained entrance through a dog door and made off with three flat screen televisions.
Responders were able to locate the perpetrators using a drone and tracking dogs.
Still, the suspects managed to escape.
The victim was bound for about one and half hours during which she was struck on the head with a crowbar.
The attackers made off with the woman’s vehicle after demanding the keys to her safe. The vehicle was found abandoned.
[Victim hit with crowbar during farm attack near Ellisras, southafricatoday.net, August 28, 2023]
The 71-year-old farmer was found dead with lacerations in a pool of blood. His wife, 64, was found in critical condition.
The couple were discovered by their son’s friend who was doing a welfare check after the son had not heard from his parents.
[Elderly couple attacked at their farm outside Bloemfontein, attributed to saps.gov.za, southafricatoday.net, August 27, 2023]
The four attackers broke through a door at the home of Tim Platt and his wife, Amanda.
Four attackers forced their way into the farmhouse of Tim Platt and his wife, Amanda, during the early morning hours of 17 August. The attackers gained entry to the house by breaking down the front door and security gate, as well as a window and burglar bars. pic.twitter.com/Y8kHHTxRps— AfriForum (@afriforum) August 29, 2023
“Amanda was beaten with a bolt cutter and lead pipes, and eventually stabbed with a spear. While her husband was still trying to fight off the attackers, she managed to escape and returned armed to save her husband. Upon her return, the attackers had already fled,” according to southafricatoday.net.
[Attackers chant ‘Kill the Boer, kill the Farmer’ before stabbing female victim with spear, southafricatoday.net, August 30, 2023]
He had suffered multiple stab wounds.
Police are investigating. Andrew Kroukamp (28) is wanted for questioning.
[Police probe Cradock farm murder, southafricatoday.net, August 31, 2023]