April Farm Attacks: Four Dead, Farmers Stabbed, Bound, Assaulted And Robbed
05/18/2021
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Earlier: March Farm Attacks: Five Dead, Including One Black Farmer—Another Month In The Death Of White South Africa

April’s litany of farm attacks in South Africa includes four murders: a 54-year-old man shot to death, a mother and her adult son beaten to death with blunt instruments, and a 78-year-old wheelchair-bound man strangled to death. He was in a wheelchair because of a previous attack 20 years ago.

  • A 78-year-old farmer fatally shot one of two attackers in Bishopstowe, outside of Pietermaritzburg, in the kwaZulu Natal province.

 Reports say the farmer was attacked while working on a vehicle. When one of the attackers attempted to stab the farmer during a scuffle, the elderly man managed to fire the shot that ended one of the attacker’s life.

The incident occurred March 31, 2021. 

[Farm attack, farmer shoots one attacker dead, Bishopstowe, PMB, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 1 2021].

  • Neil McKay was fatally strangled during a farm attack in KwaZulu-Natal.

McKay was wheelchair bound at the time of the attack. His injuries were due to a similar attack about 20 years earlier. Reports say the hands and legs of the 46-year-old victim had been bound. The attackers also killed the victim’s dogs, though at least one of the attackers was apparently injured by the animals.

McKay was home alone at the time of the attack that occurred after farm hands had left for the day, leading authorities to believe the attackers had planned the attack.

The incident occurred April 11, 2021.

[KZN farm murder: Disabled man strangled to death by unknown suspects, by Dan Meyer, thesouthafrican.com, April 11, 2021]

  • A couple and their disabled daughter were bound and beaten during a farm attack in Klipfontein in the Grootvlei-Balfour area in the Mpumalanga province.

Reports say Fanie and Susan Gouws and their daughter were attacked by as many as seven home invaders. The victims were apparently beaten with metal pipes. The suspects fled with nothing more than cell phones, apparently being alarmed by an unexpected sound. Susan managed to free herself and secured help.

The incident occurred April 13, 2021.

[Farm attack: Family, including disabled daughter, violently assaulted, Balfour, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 14, 2021]

  • One of four attackers was injured when farm workers defended themselves during an assault.

The injured suspect was arrested at a nearby hospital.

The incident occurred April 13, 2021 outside of Kuruman on the Daniëlskuil road in the Northern Cape province

[Farm attack, one injured attacker tracked down at hospital, Kuruman, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 14 2021]

  • Reports say a woman was bound and assaulted at her farm home in the dangerous Uitkyk area outside of Nelspruit, in the Mpumalanga province.

The victim was attacked by two individuals as she returned home. Stolen were two TV’s, personal items and the victim’s vehicle.

The incident occurred April 14, 2021.

[Farm attack, woman assaulted, tied up – robbed vehicle lookout, Nelspruit, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 15, 2021]

  • An American guest managed to flee to safety when a farm couple was assaulted and robbed at their Alicedale farm in the Eastern Cape.

Reports say Andri, age 49, and Erica Fox, age 48, were robbed of firearms, cash and other valuables. The couple was watching television in the evening when intruders forced them to open their safe. A 250,000 Rand (about $18,000) reward was created by concerned neighbors for the capture and convictions of the persons responsible.

The incident occurred April 14, 2021.

[Big reward offered for information on Alicedale farm robbery, By Riaan Marais, heraldlive.co.za, April 22, 2021]

  • 39-year-old Anke Strydom was reportedly assaulted and stabbed during a farm attack in Sundra in the Mpumalanga province.

Strydom reportedly was blindsided when she opened the door and let her dogs out. The lone attacker knocked her to the ground and beat her with his fists, then stabbed her arm when she attempted to defend herself. The victim managed to kick the attacker off her, then fled to a bedroom where she held the door closed with her feet and secured a firearm. The intruder fled when Strydom threatened to shoot him, the report said.

The attack occurred April 13, 2021.

[Farm attack, woman attacked, violently assaulted and stabbed, Sundra, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 15 2021]

  • An elderly couple in their 80s, Mr. Molzahn and his wife Marie,  were bound, assaulted, and robbed during a home invasion in the Fochville area in the Gauteng province.

The wife, however, was able to notify neighbors for help using her cell phone. Two of the three attackers were captured by local farmers and turned over to authorities.

Reports say the victims were approached while sitting on their front porch, then forced into a bedroom where they were bound, assaulted, and threatened with firearms. 

The incident occurred April 18, 2021.

[Farm attack, couple in their 80’s assaulted, tied up, farmers arrest 2, Fochville, Dorstfontein, by Crime Correspondent, southafricatoday.net, April 19, 2021]

  • Workers on a farm in Dorstfontein in the Gauteng province were bound, assaulted, and robbed.

The attackers reportedly disconnected the electricity to disable security cameras, which were also stolen. The attackers also slaughtered two pregnant cows for no apparent reason.

No arrests were reported.

The incident occurred April 23, 2021.

[Farm attack, workers tied up, pregnant stud cows slaughtered, Dorstfontein, Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, April 23, 2021]

  • Eight suspects were arrested following a robbery at gunpoint at a farm in Mooi River in The KwaZulu-Natal province.

Reports say suspects bound the victim in his farm office before taking jewellery, laptops, a watch, cellphone, firearms and the contents of a safe.

The suspects ranged in age from 24 to 51 and included one female.

The incident occurred April 23, 2021.

[KZN Provincial commissioner welcomes swift arrest for farm robbery, by Nokwanda Ncwane, thesouthafrican.com, April 24, 2021]

  • Trevor Murphy, 55, was attacked and stabbed multiple times at his Wendover Farm home in Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal.

Murphy died of his injuries shortly after being rushed to a hospital. Five suspects, ages 25 and 47, were arrested.

The crime occurred April 23, 2021.

[Farm murder: Man shot dead on his farm in Kraaifontein, by Natasha Bezuidenhout, The South African, April 30, 2021]

  • Anna-Marie Botha, age 56, and her 34-year-old son, Robin Britz, were murdered on their farm outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

The victims were apparently killed with a blunt object. No motive was determined and they were certified dead at the scene.

A manhunt ensued but yielded no arrests.

The crime occurred April 24, 2021.

[Nelspruit double farm murder – Victims identified, South African Police Service, southafricatoday.net, April 26, 2021]

  • A 54-year-old man was fatally shot in home on a farm in Kraaifontein, near Cape Town.

Reports say the crime’s circumstances are still under investigation and the motive is unknown.

The crime occurred April 29, 2021.

[Farm murder: Man shot dead on his farm in Kraaifontein, by Natasha Bezuidenhout, South African, April 30, 2021]

 

 

 

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