Murdered Brit's son considers leaving SA

2012-11-28 08:18
Jeanne and Robert Preece (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

Jeanne and Robert Preece (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - The son of the British man who was murdered on his farm in Ficksburg over the weekend says he and his wife are considering leaving South Africa.

Robert Preece told Volksblad that he always said he would stay in the country of his birth but he no longer knew if he wanted to raise children in a country where people were killed for no reason.

Robert and his wife Jeanné have not left the side of his mother Felicity, 56, who is in hospital with a skull fracture. She spent 12 hours alone in the house after the attack.

Police were still looking for the three attackers, thought to be from Lesotho.

“People ask now if we are racists. How can we be? A black farmworker was the first to help my mother.

“He collapsed when he saw what happened to my father… We are angry at the murderers.”  

His wife said a Muslim couple had prayed for her in hospital.

“Regardless of colour, culture, religion or background, all that we meet condemn this horrible deed. Everyone at the hospital is supporting us.”

She said the authorities claimed farm murders were exaggerated.

“They say of each farm murder it is an isolated case due to land disputes or unhappiness among workers but that wasn’t the case here. We now have to hear there was a spate of attacks here over the past month.”

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