Tortured and killed

2013-12-09 00:00

THE family of Mohamed Shafee Engar (67), who died on Friday, after an attack on his farm on Thursday, are considering leaving the farm house in Winterton.

A farm worker was also shot repeatedly before the assailants attacked Engar’s wife.

“This was the third attack on my family,” said his son, Ahmed Adam Engar, yesterday. “The first attack was in the late 1990s. My father was shot on February 14 this year and just as he was recovering from that incident, he was again attacked last week.”

Ahmed was on his way to Durban when his mother Razia texted him that she had heard gunshots. “I told her to check on my father at the mill, but my battery died so when I was in Durban charging my phone, my cousin’s wife phoned to tell me what had happened,” he said.

Five unknown gunmen accosted the family on their Noodhulp farm in Winterton.

Engar said they first shot farm worker Fortunate Hlongwane in the stomach and legs, then moved on to torture his father and his mother.

“My father was beaten in the head repeatedly and they burnt him together with my mother with a hot iron before ransacking the house and took all valuables, money and a motor vehicle, which was later recovered,” he said.

He said his father was generous man who gave mealie meal as charity to schools in Estcourt every month.

“My father taught me a lot of things. He was a hard worker for a man his age. We are going to miss him a lot,” he said.

He said his mother was recovering at home even though she was still traumatised and they are supposed to take her to hospital every few days to re-dress her wounds.

Hlongwane is still being treated at Grey’s Hospital.

Relatives of the Engar family who live in Northdale, said they had no faith in the justice system anymore “because clearly there is something wrong if a person can be attacked two times on his property within a year”.

“What kind of people are these who can burn a woman in her 60s with a hot iron on her thighs,” one said.

Engar’s father was buried yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union security desk spokesperson Koos Marais said they were shocked. “This is the 11th farm murder in KwaZulu-Natal this year,” he said.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident. No arrests have been made yet.

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