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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.


- News24
Read more on:    mbombela  |  farm attacks
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
40 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Spontaneity and bright ideas are emphasized today but there is a tendency to be too impulsive and you may want to keep a handle on...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.