Award-winning author attacked on farm

2012-09-21 08:22
Author Chris Barnard at his home near Mbombela. (Beeld)

Author Chris Barnard at his home near Mbombela. (Beeld)

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Mbombela - Award-winning author Chris Barnard has been attacked by a gang of robbers on his family farm Thuli near Mbombela.

“It felt like a cheap movie, as if you couldn’t believe what you were seeing,” Chris Barnard, 73, told Beeld.

The well-known author and scriptwriter told how he was left tied up to a chair and lying on the floor for almost 12 hours before he was freed by workers arriving for work the next morning.

Barnard was overpowered on Wednesday evening at about 19:30 while watching TV.

Four armed robbers broke down burglar bars to gain entry through a window. His hands were tied with wire and he was hit in the face.

The robbers ransacked the house for three hours, even taking the R150 in Barnard’s pocket, breaking the safe out of the wall, taking his computer, household items and even his double bed.

Barnard sustained only light injuries.

He was treated by paramedics, but refused to go to hospital.

Barnard has twice won the Hertzog Prize for literature and has penned a number of popular radio, television and movie scripts including Paljas and Die Storie van Klara Viljee.

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