Wife killed, husband injured in farm attack

2010-03-15 00:00

A FARMER’S wife, aged 64, was shot dead, and her 70-year-old husband shot and seriously injured, on their farm near the Ultra City between Estcourt and Winterton late yesterday.

According to a farmer in the area, who asked not to be named, the farmer was milking his cows at about 5.30 pm when four men approached him and asked to buy milk. They then shot him in his left side and in his neck, before dragging him up to the farmhouse.

The man said that it is believed the farmhouse door was locked when they got there. “We think his wife heard the shots and locked the doors, but the attackers kicked the door down and found her in her bedroom where they shot her on her bed, killing her.”

The farmer said it was puzzling why they only got news of the incident some hours later.

“It’s a shock to all of us. Nothing was stolen except for a few bottles of wine.” He said local farmers interpret this as an intimidation tactic.

“It was not an attempted robbery because then they would have ripped things apart inside the house.”

Koos Marais of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union’s (Kwanalu) security desk, said it was outraged at yet another senseless farm murder. He said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, at the recent Kwanalu congress, promised to do more about farm murders and attacks.

“We call on him to put deed to word now,” said Marais.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker confirmed the incident late yesterday, but asked The Witness to withhold the names of the farmer and his wife, as there were concerns that their next of kin may not have been contacted yet.

The farmer’s condition was stabilised by a doctor in Estcourt and he was transferred to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg last night.

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