Retired doctor murdered on Limpopo farm

2015-03-03 08:14
Louis-John Botha (Netwerk24)

Louis-John Botha (Netwerk24)

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Polokwane - The mutilated body of a retired doctor was found on his game farm in Limpopo on Monday, after he was presumably murdered on Saturday.

Netwerk24's Marietie Louw-Carstens reported on Tuesday that Louis-John Botha, 64, is the second farmer in the Waterberg district of Limpopo to be killed this year. Susan Kotze, 76, was murdered on her farm near Lephalale in January.

According to the report, Botha had practised as a doctor in Swartwater for many years. He lived on the farm Gwelo Safaris about 12km from Swartwater.

Limpopo police are not sure exactly how Botha was killed. Trackers and the canine unit are searching the area and looking for clues.

Search

Botha was alone at the lodge over the weekend while his girlfriend visited friends in Pretoria. She became concerned when she was not able to get hold of him on Sunday and called neighbours, who went to his house and noticed there had been a break-in.

Blood was found on the porch and inside the double-storey thatch home. The safe had been opened and items were missing.

Police were called and a search was launched. The body was only found on Monday morning, hidden about 200 metres from the house.

This is the second tragedy to hit the family in less than a year. Botha's son, Louis-John and his girlfriend, Georgina Joubert, were killed in a plane crash near Prieska last April.

Botha, who was divorced, leaves behind two daughters and an elderly mother. The family was too shocked to speak on Monday, his son-in-law said.

Farm attacks

Meanwhile, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega believes the police's safety plans are working after their statistics showed a 30% drop in farm murders since 2010, it was reported on Monday.

"It was positive. There was an annual decline since 2003, especially for one financial year [2012-13]," she told Beeld.

She attributed it to work regarding countrywide safety and communities' awareness and safety measures.

The police have not released official farm murder figures for seven years, but have kept records. The figures showed that 271 people were murdered on farms or small-holdings in the past five years.

However, the Transvaal Agricultural Union disputed the figures saying that according to their own channels, such as social media, there were at least 63 murders in 2012, 62 in 2013, and 67 in 2014.

AfriForum said there has been a gradual increase in farm attacks and farm murders across South Africa.

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