Ambushed, Beaten, Gagged And Robbed, Shot In The Face… And Murdered—January Farm Attacks In South Africa
02/24/2023
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Earlier: Assaulted With Machetes, Beaten With Firearms And Clubs, Traumatized And Killed: December Farm Attacks In South Africa

Multiple home invasions with large numbers of home invaders sound more like Mau Mau terrorism than crime, but that‘s what continues in South Africa. At least some of the victims are armed and allowed to fight back.

  • A 76-year-old woman was ambushed in Hartbeespoort, North West province, South Africa.

The seven attackers earlier bound four farm workers, leaving them in an outbuilding. When the woman arrived home she was dragged from her car, bound, and placed in the outbuilding. She suffered head injuries.

One of the workers managed to free himself after the assailants had left. 

[Farm attack, woman (76), workers attacked by seven gunmen, Hartbeespoort, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 31, 2023]

  • 57-year-old Anet Coetzee was shot in the face at her farmhouse near Brits, North West province.

Coetzee was surprised by an unknown child in her home who escaped through an opened window. When the woman investigated, she was shot from someone outside the house.

Although she managed to contact authorities, she was hospitalized in critical condition.

[Farm attack, woman critical after being shot in the face, Brits, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 30, 2023]

  • A 65-year-old farmer was beaten, gagged and robbed after being confronted at his home in Steytlerville, Eastern Cape province.

The farmer was approached by a stranger who entered his house through an unlocked door. The man asked the farmer to take him to his disabled vehicle a few miles away. When no vehicle was found, the man then asked the farmer to take him to town. Once there, the man demanded a gun. The farmer complied after being assaulted with a meat slicer. The attacker stole the victim’s vehicle, which was later found at the farm, where cash was discovered missing.

The suspect was spotted three days later, still wearing blood-stained jeans, and was arrested after his photo was shown to the victim. The news story describes the victim as a "Good Samaritan." Readers of John Derbyshire will know what that means.

[Farm attack: ‘Good Samaritan’ farmer assaulted, tied up, robbed, Steytlerville, attributed to South African Police Service, southafricatoday.net, January 26, 2023]

  • Steyn Joubert was shot in the face during a home invasion in Montagu, in Western Cape province.

An unknown number of attackers invaded the farm. When Joubert resisted, three shots were fired. One struck the farmer’s face. The assailants fled the scene. 

[Farm attack, farmer shot in the face, Montagu, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 23, 2023]

  • A livestock theft was foiled by police in Verena, Mpumalanga province.

Police were notified as assailants were loading 9 sheep and four goats onto three pickup trucks. One of the vehicles crashed at the scene. The others were abandoned.

Earlier, the farmer was robbed of two cell phones and cash.

[Farm attackers invade home, rob victim, load livestock on vehicles, Verena, attributed to South African Police Service, southafricatoday.net, January 18, 2023]

  • Jacobus Jacoba Nortjie, 53, was fatally shot in Badfontein, Mpumalanga province as he was about to leave his home for work.

His wife was bound and assaulted.

The suspects made off with mobile phones, bank cards, and a Honda CRV vehicle. The vehicle was later recovered.

A 36-year-old male was arrested after being shot in the leg. A second suspect evaded authorities.

[PICS: Farmer’s Toyota Hilux recovered days after his brutal murder and assault on his wife, by Jonisayi Maromo , iol.co.za, January 18, 2023]

  • A farmer sustained critical injuries after being shot at his farm in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The farmer’s wife was robbed of her cell phone when she answered a knock at the farmhouse door. When her husband rushed to her aid, he was shot.

Two other farm attacks were reported in the area earlier in the month.

[PICS: Farmer’s Toyota Hilux recovered days after his brutal murder and assault on his wife, attributed to Arrive Alive, southafricatoday.net, January 17, 2023]

  • Russell Reuvers, 71, was shot in the leg just prior to returning fire and killing one of two home invaders near Botrivier in Western Cape province.

A second attacker was arrested nearby.

You can click on this Tweet, open it in Twitter and translate it, but for your information, the "Mooi so Oom!!" comment on Dr. Reuver‘s successful self-defense translates as “Good one, Uncle!”

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Reuvers is thought to be a veterinary surgeon.

[Farm attack, wounded owner returns fire, kills 1 attacker, Kleinmond, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 15, 2023]

  • An elderly farmer was kidnapped in the Leandra police district, in Mpumalanga province.

Three attackers overpowered the farmer as he was feeding chickens.

After being bound and loaded into the canopy of a small pickup truck, the farmer managed to free himself and began kicking the door. When the three attackers stopped to check, the farmer used a steel pipe to defend himself. The kidnappers fled, one being seriously injured.

The farmer drove to find help and was hospitalized.

[Farm attack, severely assaulted and kidnapped farmer fights back, saves himself, Leandra, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 14, 2023]

  • Three elderly people, ages 68, 69 and 89, averted a farm attack by notifying a local watch group in Hendrina, Mpumalanga Province.

An unknown number of attackers gained entrance into the home through a window. The rapid response from the watch group caused the invaders to flee. The victims were treated at a hospital for trauma.

[Farm attack, elderly trio saved after swift response by Farm Watch, Hendrina, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 14, 2023]

  • Farmer Tom Walker was shot when he investigated a sensor in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal province.

Multiple shots were fired, one striking him in the thigh, and he was hospitalized.

[Farm attack, farmer hospitalised after being shot, Bishopstowe, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 13, 2023]

  • Three attackers broke into a garage and then the home in Andeon, Gauteng province of South Africa.

Cement sections of a wall were removed allowing at least three assailants to enter the property.

The residents were robbed at gunpoint.

[Farm attack, attackers break into home, victims robbed, Andeon, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 13, 2023]

  • 8 suspects were arrested after two farm attacks in Limpopo province.

Eleven stolen firearms were recovered from the attacks at a game farm in Musina and a farm house in Plot. Seven stolen firearms remain unaccounted for.

Also stolen from the game farm was a Toyota Land Cruiser. It has not been recovered.

[Musina farm attack: 2 More arrested, suspects linked to another farm attack, attributed to South African Police Service, southafricatoday.net, January 13, 2023]

  • Farm attack, guests assaulted, robbed, tied up, in the Hemel en Aarde valley.

Guests were robbed at a farm near Hermanus, Western Cape province while enjoying a braai.

The guest were bound and relieved of personal items.

After the attack, one of the victims managed to free himself and alerted others at the farm.

A braai is akin to a barbeque. 

[Farm attack, guests assaulted, robbed, tied up, Hemel en Aarde valley, attributed to Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, January 2, 2023]

 

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