Nigel Ralfe not only shot, but badly beaten in farm attack

2010-03-17 00:00

NIGEL Ralfe (70), who was shot in Sunday’s farm attack near Estcourt, is still in a critical condition at Medi-Clinic Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Ralfe was attacked at his farm house at Doornkop near Estcourt on Sunday afternoon.

His wife Lynnette (64) was shot dead behind a closed door as she was trying to lock the intruders out.

A source told The Witness that Nigel was taken to theatre on Monday, and said yesterday afternoon he was still sedated.

The source confirmed that he was not only shot, but also badly beaten.

KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) extended its condolences to the Ralfe family and friends.

Koos Marais of the union’s security desk said at a recent Agri SA crime conference in Centurion some of the contributing factors in farm attacks include aspects such as a culture of violence and evasion of punishment, contempt for legislation, and socio-economic problems.

Marais said a safety approach alone cannot solve the crime problem in the long term.

“The government is expected to implement an integrated crime prevention and management plan which involves all state departments to effectively manage the fight against crime in a co-ordina­ted manner at all government levels.”

Police spokesman Superinten­dent Jay Naicker said the two suspects are still in custody for questioning. The firearm recovered from them was positively identified as being stolen from the farm.

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