Farmer remains positive after 3 attacks

2013-04-04 10:36
Dries Cox (Marlene Jordaan, Volksblad)

Dries Cox (Marlene Jordaan, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A Free State farmer says he remains positive about farming, even after surviving a third farm attack.

Dries Cox, 60, told Volksblad that he was not bitter after being shot in the legs and arm and remains upbeat about being a farmer.

“I plant a few things and then it’s the cattle, chickens and sheep. I am going to keep on farming. You stand a bigger chance of dying in a car accident than of being shot dead.”


Cox said it was about faith. "There are good people among all of us."

He was also shot in a farm attack in 1994 in Gauteng and the bullet was still lodged in his back. Ten years ago he was also the victim in another farm attack but was not injured.

His wife, Susan Cox, 57, said their two dogs had been poisoned on Tuesday night.

Cox was attacked when he went to milk the cows at 03:30.

He was forced into the house by two armed men who demanded cash and jewellery.

“They pushed weapons against our foreheads. They took the rings from my fingers,” she said.

Cox was shot during a struggle with one of the robbers, who then started firing blindly into the house.

Police apparently found 17 cartridges in the house.

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