Farmer shot dead at his dairy farm store while rescuing daughter

2013-10-23 00:00

WILLEM Weites (78), the owner of the farm Welkom in Ngoje near Vryheid, was shot dead at his dairy farm store on Monday morning by three unknown men.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, his son, Frederik Weites (50), a farm manager in Standerton, said a white car came to the store with men carrying a bucket, a usual occurrence as people come wanting to buy milk.

Weites said the three men who got out of the car had asked his sister Everlien (49) where her father was, and then grabbed her.

“They held a knife to her neck and when my father tried to intervene, they just shot him in the head and chest and he died on the spot,” he said.

He said they then dragged his sister to the main house while threatening to rape her. They had found his mother and demanded keys to the safe.

They tied up both women, took an undisclosed sum of money and drove off in his father’s bakkie, he said.

Another attacker tied up farm workers and took their cellphones.

The bakkie was later recovered about eight kilometres away.

“We are devastated. I mean why do you need to kill people for money when you can take the money and leave them alive?” Frederik asked.

“The community is saddened and wants to know why they killed such a helpful man,” he said, adding his father had helped locals grind their maize at his mill.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Ngome SAPS were investigating charges of murder and business robbery. No arrests had been made, he said.

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