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Widow, son tortured, robbed on farm

2011-06-02 10:10

Pietermaritzburg - An elderly Wartburg farm owner and her son are recovering in hospital after surviving a brutal attack at the hands of six armed men on Tuesday night.

They were beaten with knobkerries, asphyxiated with plastic bags and doused with boiling water.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the men pounced on Barbara Wortmann, 76, and her son Etcel, 45, armed with handguns and knobkerries.

It is understood that the men had gained entry into their home through the kitchen door, which Wortmann had left unlocked when she went to collect firewood.

“It is alleged that the men demanded money and proceeded to assault both victims. They also poured boiling water from a kettle on both victims,” said Jeevan.

'Callous and savage'

The robbers fled the scene in the Wortmanns’ white Ford Bantam with registration number NH 10212.

The assailants also escaped with two firearms, a .22 rifle and a shotgun, which were removed from a safe.

Horst Wortmann, the oldest son, who lives in Durban, described the attack as “callous and savage”.

“It is a senseless attack on an elderly woman. My brother is harmless and non-aggressive. They were beaten quite severely,” he told The Witness.

He said his family were of German descent and had been in the area since the early 1900s. "It is the first attack on this farm.

“What made this more traumatic is the fact that we lost my father on March 18 and we were recovering from that.”

The Witness understands that there was a similar attack on the Wortmann’s neighbours about three months ago.

Task team


Rod Freese, chairperson of the Mshwati Agricultural Union, praised the police for having formed a task team promptly to make arrests. He urged farmers to upgrade their security and to be vigilant.

Koos Marais of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union’s security desk said the violence used against the Wortmanns was “most alarming”.

“Unfortunately this trend will continue while the justice system allows for easy bail and soft prison sentences.

“Surely the rights of soft targets and victims should be recognised,” said Marais.

Wortmann and her son were admitted to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

Their doctor advised them not to speak to the media on Wednesday. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the pair are not in the intensive care unit and are in a stable condition.

Jeevan said the incident happened around 18:30.

The family dog, which went missing, was shot at during the robbery, but escaped with minor injuries.
 

Comments
  • Felix - 2011-06-02 10:15

    anc has arrived in KZN, thanks juju. One day you will pay buddy.

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-06-02 10:34

      Disgusting animals carried out this attack. May they rot in jail..

      Rapier - 2011-06-02 10:41

      The problem is Felix - ZUMA is a PATHETIC, WEAK Non-Leader - if he could lead, this country would forge ahead with unprecedented growth - We South Africans, in general, are a strong, resilient and innovative nation. I have seen nobody in the ANC who can topple him and take the initiative - but is frightening that MALEMA (even though he is not in Parliament) may actually have so much power over the voting youth that a radical element will grab power. THAT is scary! Loyal thinking South Africans need to stand together, and put aside their racial differences, otherwise we are going to degenerate into a Zimbabwe-type morass very quickly.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-06-02 10:41

      he deserves to be blamed as he's actually riling people up to "shoot the boer"

      Felix - 2011-06-02 10:49

      I completely agree Rapier, I have lost faith in the anc since mandela. Morentebo, I can blame him because he encourages it and I blame Zoom zoom for doing nothing to stop him. This is what they want, Zanu-PF has taken over the anc.

      eyrie - 2011-06-02 10:52

      and re-reading the migration patterns of the Bantu people recently they arrived here more or less the same time the Europeans did with only the Khoisan having been here for millennia-my point being that we have as much of a right to this land as any black person or nguni or bantu who migrated from the great lakes--and even if they arrived before the white man (by a small margin according to wikipedia) they did not live on every inch of this land. This land was vastly unpopulated when the europeans arrived-hell the Xhosa only got to the Eastern Cape because the Zulus pushed them further south---my point being that noone can use the ANCESTRAL LAND CRAP excuse for what they are doing. Nor can they use poverty as an excuse. If that were the case then I would long ago have plundered my neighbours and poured boiling water over the rich buggers--do the black majority even realize that mos white people are struggling to pay their electricity or as in the my case am not able to find work because of I am too white(contact me and I'll give you my details if you think I'm lying)--anyway, I'm not going to go overseas(have no money) so I'm staying here and I'll fight

      msendi - 2011-06-02 10:55

      As long as people avoid the truth, there will never be a solution. This senseless killings must end before it is too late. I 110% agree with you that Juju was wrong by singing that song, but some whites are too harsh to the poor, unemployed black people, mostly in places like Wartburg where most people are from rural areas. Like when they ask for a job they are always told to go to Mandela and that is too harsh to people who are trying to leave the past behind. I know a guy who was forced to eat intestines of an owl by a white guy. Sometimes it is our behavior that build hatred, and that hatred make people behave like animals as a result innocent people become victims…

      Stoutgat - 2011-06-02 11:04

      What whites should do (because, face it: it's not little old white ladies attacking these farmers) is to start a fund. All of us contribute, and when a brutal attack happens against whites, the fund pays out R100k for the arrest of the perps, or R250k for the heads of the perps. The message will go out: Touch a hair on a white's head, and you're toast due to the reward. I will contribute gladly by debit order.

      Felix - 2011-06-02 11:14

      Msendi, well put. Most of us South Africans want to live and work together and prosper as a nation. I am angry because the people in power have the opportunity to make this happen but they prefer to keep the racial devide alive to ensure their victory at the polls (read access to tax funds).

      lean - 2011-06-02 11:25

      Or Whites, Coloreds, Indians, and Intelligent Blacks can fund a private Army!!!Overthrow the pathetic thieves and thugs like Malema , Zuma , Montashe and so on... Can we do that... I will be First to pay!!!

      Zebedi - 2011-06-02 11:29

      Stoutgat, best suggestion I have heard in a while. I will gladly contribute, as I live on a smallholding and am probably regarded as a "farmer" by most. We live in fear on our own land in our own country. Something has to change.

      Neo - 2011-06-02 11:36

      Let the sanction fit the crime .... death by boiling water?

      Lesley1967 - 2011-06-02 11:45

      I pray for the day when this happens to Zuma"s or Malema"s mother and/or family, because it will be perpetrated by their own kind. Let them feel the fear.

      Leviathan - 2011-06-02 12:06

      Lean there would never b a private army, bcoz no matter how people criticize the ANC. Guess wat? They still vote for them every time. explain the logic in that. Bunch of idiots!!

      Honeybabe - 2011-06-02 12:23

      Leslie, i have the same feeling. I realy wonder if they will then speed up saps procedures and all. I guess its ppl iwth money, these skelms are killing ppl who don't have much and leaving out the likes of malema's family that has money. Yerr!

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-02 12:27

      @sho only the dog was shot at dude facts so important

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 12:52

      @Oppressed - looks like I have to start Oppressed bashing again. problem is your to think to notice when your being mocked!

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 12:53

      @morentebo - yes twit, however julius singing that song give these idiots the impression that they are right in killing farmer's. If you had half a brain you realise that!

      umlaut - 2011-06-02 12:59

      @morentembo@ He re-affirmed their strategy and inspired them to carry on. Yes you can blame him. He is tearing the nation apart instead of healing it. Those few murders could have been the end of it. It has escallated since the tragic power transfer to the pathetic anc.

      michaelx - 2011-06-02 13:33

      YES THAT MUST BE A VERY SCARY THOUGHT FOR OUR JUJU AND ALL THE OTHERS-SOME DAY THEY WILL ALL PAY AND THEY KNOW THIS-NOT A NICE THOUGHT TO HAVE GOIN ON IN YOUR HEAD ALWAYS KNOWING THAT EVENTUALLY YOU WILL PAY.

  • rianadk - 2011-06-02 10:15

    WTF is "knopkerries"? Isn't it kieries?

      Tony - 2011-06-02 10:31

      Is spelling the issue here?

      IandI - 2011-06-02 10:32

      It's "kerries" in KZN slang :-)

      Mike - 2011-06-02 10:32

      Nee wat Riana, dit is in KZN - tuis van die KERRIE, nir die kirie nie ;-)

      Capt. Murphy - 2011-06-02 10:35

      You must be the first ZA I've come across that doesn't know what a knobkierrie is... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knobkierrie

      ManOTMoment - 2011-06-02 10:36

      There's many ways of spelling it.

      schmerz - 2011-06-02 10:46

      knobkerrie = kop kerrie?

      Theoniel Bosman - 2011-06-02 10:53

      ha ha ha...where have you been, the last couple of years?

      Tiaan - 2011-06-02 11:33

      Ja Riana, hulle kan nie eers meer spel nie. Groete hoor.

      sakkie - 2011-06-02 11:35

      @schmerz...LMAO !?!?!? so true though....

      taline - 2011-06-02 11:53

      Yinduku

      Helen - 2011-06-02 12:05

      @Mike - hahahaha - LMSAO

  • Jimbo - 2011-06-02 10:18

    News24 gets more depressing every day. These people are $$%^&ing animals, but that would be an insult to animals.

  • tut - 2011-06-02 10:19

    Behold the fruits of Malema's racist war against whites. What Cowards these ANCYL inspired revolutionaries are to pick on older women! And the world looks on while the genocide continues!

  • reader4444@24.com - 2011-06-02 10:19

    When will this brutality stop? Find the perpetrators and hang them!

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 11:44

      In puplic

      Shailo - 2011-06-02 13:40

      I doubt that will ever happen reader. Instead they will probably get a pat on the back, a nice chunk of the land of the farmer they've brutalised and then go on to serve in government as soon as they've learned how to steal taxpayers' money.

  • Jonathan - 2011-06-02 10:20

    Kill the boer? What more proof does the equality court want? These anaimal should be hung for everyone to see! We need to bring back the death penalty - it's an african solution for an african problem! This is not just robbery!

      KomboKitten - 2011-06-02 10:26

      you DONT want the death penalty where fools are in control of it!!!! NO to the death penalty here!

      Jacques Jones - 2011-06-02 10:56

      @kombokitten so no to the death penalty but yes to the murder of innocent folk?

      Megan - 2011-06-02 11:47

      KomboKitten has a very good point! We are all well aware that our current justice system is in no position to provide proper justice. The death penalty can only be institued when there is absolutely no question that the justice systems works fairly and completely independently of any political influence. As it is, criminals are tried, found guilty, sentenced to 25 years behind bars and after 8 years the presidents says "oh, we forgive you, you may leave jail and continue to rob, pillage, rape and murder".

  • Plonker69 - 2011-06-02 10:20

    Here we go again, another attack on innocent white farmers by savages, how much more of this must we take

      l3jorn - 2011-06-02 11:18

      And clearly there is a racist criminal on this site judging by the thumbs down you received.

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 11:45

      And six on elderly people

  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-02 10:20

    Tortured? Yet another hate crime!!

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-06-02 10:45

      Perhaps the boers should start retaliating for each farm murder. Who wouldn't love torturing a racist killer?

  • jakovdm - 2011-06-02 10:21

    were the assailants white?

      Smaal - 2011-06-02 10:46

      That is actually a good question since they didn’t kill the victims.

      Papsak - 2011-06-02 10:49

      The race of the attackers is irrelevant you worm-skull. A familiy has been viciously attacked and tortured. Get over your obsession with race.

      The Ted Vos - 2011-06-02 10:57

      If the assailants were white and the victims black this story would be on every news channel on the globe. Kinda like when a certain bunch of students apparently whizzed in a soup bowl not so long ago. Ofcourse, allegedly whizzing in a soup bowl is COMPLETELY F*CKING OUTRAGEOUS while beating a 76 year old woman and pouring boiling water over her and her kid is just a shoulder shruggingly mundane side story that may occassionally punctuate the high profile bleating of a certain political leader's 'right' to sing songs about murdering us.

      inyaniso@24.com - 2011-06-02 11:47

      Sorry DoublePost, but that was so offsides it is ridiculous! Please read what you wrote again and then in your next post try and convince the mass of black voters to consider voting something else. That's the only way to really change this situation. Oh they wont? They're too annoyed to consider the validity of any other poster who may share a similar political stance? Figured that out eh? You bring on this racial divide as much as the Malemas of the world with your overly emotional rant! You hurt the democratic cause! Stop being part of the problem when you can be part of the solution. Do you really believe the perpetrators and similar people will be found reading the comments on News24??? You alienate the people sympathetic to this countries new struggle in the way you post! Who is the one really using their education???

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 12:57

      @Doublepost. Maybe if your ancestors had stayed in Europe, you wouldn't be having this problem with integration. Black people never went to Europe, White people came to Africa.

      Truth - 2011-06-02 13:23

      @HueyPNewton: Pathetic! Have you ever been to Europe? I live and work in France at the moment and 50% of the people I see on the train with me are blacks. In addition, they arrive in droves and demand to be given food and accommodation. Not only that, they contribute nicely to the crime statistics as well. A Chinese colleague got robbed of her iPhone a few weeks ago by two blacks who simply walked up to her, threatened her and took it off her, in broad daylight. She is scared of blacks now she says. Read other comments on the subject of migration and brush up on your history. Blacks have no claim to the whole of the continent, when van Riebeeck arrived he didn't find any civilization and no blacks, only a few Khoi people. How can blacks lay claim to the Western Cape for example?

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:37

      @HueyPNewton - umm you have obviously have not studied history..... btw if whites had stayed in europe you would still be living in hut hunting your own food and hoping your neighbours didnt come steal and rape your wife while planning your next raid to steal and murder from them....

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:51

      @Bloodbane. "if whites had stayed in europe you would still be living in hut". This is my point exactly. If you guys had just stayed in Europe we would be staying in mud huts with no civilization to speak of. And we wouldn't have the means and technology to travel to Europe. Then everyone would live happily ever after without any "integration" problems. Don't you agree?

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:54

      @Truth. I don't dispute the presence of blacks in Europe. my point is: If you guys had just stayed in Europe we would be staying in mud huts with no civilization to speak of. And we wouldn't have the means and technology to travel to Europe. Then everyone would live happily ever after without any "integration" problems. Don't you agree?

      The Ted Vos - 2011-06-02 13:59

      Huey, don't get me wrong, I don't see black people as the enemy at all but lets clarify: Your statement "Black people never went to Europe, White people came to Africa" is completely untrue. There are about double the amount of blacks in Europe as there are whites in Africa. Also if DoublePosts ancestors had stayed in Europe I don't think we'd even be having this discussion since Africa would still be "intergrating" with the technology required to send messages via carrier pigeons.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 14:03

      @HueyPNewton so you preffer to be raping murdering and stealing all your life... we just goes to show... but then think on this, when we did come here and saw what you where doing, to save you and us we'd just wipe you off the face of the earth. then everyone would be happy.

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 14:09

      @The Ted Vos. I get your point, but please read my responses above.

      Truth - 2011-06-02 14:11

      @HueyPNewton. You can argue like that if you want, but then you have to do it for other countries and continents as well. Whites should never have gone to America, the 6 million Arabs that are in France should not have gone there, you must reverse all migration and go back to...when? It's human nature to migrate, that's what promotes tourism as well, economic interaction, whatever. It's not possible to have a world where every race and nationality lives in its own little box. Around me there are white French girls married to black African guys, where should they live and do they not have the right to live in Africa? The basic principle should not be that only one race or one nationality has the right to live in a certain geographical location, but for all people to respect the rights of others. This means that you don't kill another person and you don't steal his or her stuff, you don't rape, whatever.

  • liesl - 2011-06-02 10:21

    :( Cowardly bastards.

  • Niknac - 2011-06-02 10:22

    Ahh!,another "kill the boer" incident.

  • jakovdm - 2011-06-02 10:23

    were the assailants white?

      Kevin - 2011-06-02 11:15

      What do you think?

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:41

      No. They were black.

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 11:52

      No they were bliksems

  • Horza - 2011-06-02 10:24

    Why torture them? Are we South Africans animals?

      Tamz.S - 2011-06-02 11:40

      Thats an insult to animals. They are cockaroach scum bugs

      LP - 2011-06-02 11:48

      Oi!!!, dont insult animals, these are SATAN SCUM

      HONKY101 - 2011-06-02 12:25

      Doublepost you are a complete moron, catch a wake up dude !!

      DarkAngel - 2011-06-02 13:14

      Sorry to burst your bubble, animals dont steep so low ! You are insulting animals by comparing them to these bastards!!!

      Truth - 2011-06-02 13:27

      Animals don't kill because they hate or just to torture. In addition, animals kill their prey in a certain way and death is usually swift. Animals kill when they are hungry. These people kill and torture for nothing, they try and inflict maximum pain. I would rather have animals for neighbors than this garbage.

  • Lindetjie - 2011-06-02 10:27

    BARBARIAN COWARDS!!!

  • AlrightyThen - 2011-06-02 10:28

    Gas every piece of crap currently in prison and keep it up as they come in. The few innocent prisoners could consider it an honor to die for their country as collateral damage for the good of their countrymen. What the hell are we keeping these predators alive and able to walk among their prey for? Human rights my ass! They give up their right to be considered human the moment they cross the line like this!

      DW - 2011-06-02 11:03

      Until you or one of your loved ones are one of the innocent prisoners

      WIZARDOFOZ - 2011-06-02 13:04

      But where do we draw this so called line of yours? For crimes as malevolent as this one can understand the collosal build up of rage. but if we start gassing innocent people does that not make us an integral link in an otherwise unending circle of injustice? These men did not take the life of their victims but if we take their lives are we not more in the wrong than them. Please do not get me wrong, what these men did was undenyably malicious and unnesescary and they deserved to be punished severely for it. But if we deem them worthy of death are we not the ones who should be forfeiting our human rights?

  • Leviathan - 2011-06-02 10:28

    guys apartheid caused this! tats the ANC's excuse 4 everything, disgusting!I dont know how people end up like this. Im starting to think that perhaps people r born evil and its our family that change us to relatively good. I hav yet 2 see other people being discriminated against go on such a brutal rampage!

  • Lee-Anne Poon - 2011-06-02 10:30

    Stories like these make my blood run cold because that elderly lady and her son could very well be members of my own family and that scares me to no end. I beg for someone to do something about this senseless crime. Mr. president, innocent people are being tortured and killed in your country and you're more worried about trying to broker peace with that other low-life Gaddafi... fix the S*&^ happening in your own backyard before the people of your country turn on you and it turns into another Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt, etc etc! Fix this please, i beg you for the sake of my family, your family and the rest of the people in South Africa. This is senseless and it's cruel!

      Afrinest - 2011-06-02 13:24

      Unfortunately it is far more important for him to be wasting time in Libya or wherever he doesn't have to focus on his own country. There are definitely none so blind as those who don't want to see nor so deaf as those that don't want to hear. Most people in this country have changed their social habits due to the brutality out there. It is a veritable war zone!

      Ann - 2011-06-02 14:01

      Travel, smiles, wives, more babies - that's why he is in office. He most certainly would not know where or how to start actually serving the people and make a difference to these horrific stats. Of course he also comes from a place of security - he is never without an entourage of bodyguards - in fact both he and his puppet/mouthpiece Malema are always surrounded by a number of guards. Makes you wonder how scared they really are?

  • ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 10:31

    I am sending this news article to as many people around the world as I can reach. The world needs to know about life under the ANC rule. This is another disaster like Zimbabwe in the making where the victims are made out to be racist whites. This is barbaric and I hope one day the people that keep voting the corrupt and useless ANC into power will also become victims of such crimes so they can too can feel the 'love' in this country under Zuma.

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:01

      The world knows whats happening.. they just don't care

      Leviathan - 2011-06-02 11:43

      alot of them do, but they dont care, there r so many civil wars on the continent but they dont care it africa. TIA!!

      msendi - 2011-06-02 11:59

      ANC have nothing to do with this killings. Crying and trying to create a bad image to the world won't help. This is our problem and we need to put aside racial hatred and and deal with it as soon as we can. This is our country, not an ANC country and I know that you implicate Zuma because of hatred. The problem is that some people still believe that they are superior to the others… Superior or not, this is not a white man problem, but our problem…

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 12:05

      Well, similar to how the ANC 'busses' their supporters into Cape Town, we need to encourage Americans to come stay on farms here. The more Americans get slaughtered - the more the USA and other countries will begin to 'care'.

      Sonwabile - 2011-06-02 12:17

      leave if you must. As long as the leading government is predominately black, you'll forever whine. Australia's waiting. When will this ranting ever end? When the power is in the white hands?

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:00

      The world knows whats happening, but they don't care much about white South Africans. You guys are despised all over the world for your racist history.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:00

      @msendi it is the ANC fault... problem is people like you are to narrow minded to see that! ANC is a cirminal organization as long as it is in power cirminals will believe they have the right to do what they want. AS long as idiots out there believe the ANC is not to blame this will continue. catch a wake up!

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:01

      @Sonwabile - so what you saying is as long as the goverment is black, blacks will contibue killing whites??? go jump in the sea and swim to Australia, they are waiting for you, they need more dumb idiots to kick!

      Truth - 2011-06-02 13:34

      @HueyPNewton: You again. A few whites and the government were responsible for the policy of apartheid and maybe some atrocities were committed by certain whites, but the average white man in the street helped blacks and never entered black areas just to go and kill and torture blacks. How many blacks were killed by whites during apartheid and just because of their skin color? Do you know how much racism exists in Europe and how many blacks commit crimes in Europe? Many people who hate white South Africans because of apartheid do so because they were told that millions of blacks were killed during apartheid and think of it in the same way as the holocaust. Thankfully some people have had their eyes opened by seeing the real statistics and seeing the cruelty of blacks towards their white victims in farm murders and I can tell you that they do not feel the same way anymore. Wake up!

      baasdingane - 2011-06-02 13:38

      Sonwabile. Its your black brother committing these crimes and murdering innocent white people. Why dont you reserve your comment and do something constructive to help your people. Maybe then the ranting will end.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:44

      @HueyPNewton - actually you'll find the white are very well liked where ever thye go... what you find more and more often is that when people from oversea's including blacks come to south africa they end up liking the whites more and disliking the blacks. I've dealt with a lot of people from all over the world and alot in africa, one of the most commen commnets I get from them is "how do you put up with the balcks there" funny african dont like the blacks from south africa very much. they find them lazy rude and arrogant... I just keep quite when they say that!

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 14:13

      @Bloodbane. I've had a totally different experience. While at varsity and at the company I work for, we get a lot of European exchange students and visitors. They all seem to gravitate towards blacks and coloureds. They cant't stand white South Africans.

  • Caroline - 2011-06-02 10:32

    Julius Malema , your days numbered , you BASTARD !!!!

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:29

      Please tell me you have a plan.... I personally would love to see somebody take him out with a bullet right in between is eyes.

      Charlie - 2011-06-02 11:31

      The circle of life...Karma! Hope its as painful!

      hindu_k - 2011-06-02 12:01

      if u have a plan, im in!

      Sammy - 2011-06-02 13:10

      @Oppressed, come and make me A$$hole?!

      DarkAngel - 2011-06-02 13:20

      Let's send the tokolosh to MalEmma. Tokolosh can hang him in public so we can all celebrate and have another public holiday commemorating MalEmmas DEATH!!!!

      mamakalami - 2011-06-02 13:45

      "The civilised race"

      mamakalami - 2011-06-02 14:20

      Caroline - you threatening violence against Malema – do you think you have the right to kill because his rhetoric upsets you? It seems that we love violence in this country - so why are we shocked when others like it too. Violence begets violence. For more than a century our society has been steeped in violence. The Nats’ wiped out a whole generation of school kids in the seventies. And boy did that solve their problems? The tsotsies love violence too and are now terrorising communities while we sit on our backsides blaming and insulting one another as if this is the solution.

  • lakhan7 - 2011-06-02 10:32

    Solution: Live in larger groups. Criminals are opportunist. They also human, and vent their anger on other people - their victims to gain confidence. ( unlike us, we vent anger through mere words. ) Farmers should live with their workers - that they like. Once again a social problem.

      Albo - 2011-06-02 10:53

      Not if the workers are the ones doing the killing.

      DW - 2011-06-02 11:05

      Often the farm workers are also attacked in these farm attacks, so not sure that this is the solution

  • SP - 2011-06-02 10:33

    What astounds me is the fact that they always come in groups to beat/kill the elderly, young and helpless. Cowardly savages. Wait till they find someone who knows how to defend themselves. Goodnight f#ckers

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:31

      yes and then? the one who protected the family gets life for killing his attackers... and will probably be an even bigger uproar as it will most likely be a white on black killing...

  • Edge - 2011-06-02 10:33

    LET the war begin!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:43

      I'm ready!!!

  • Natalie - 2011-06-02 10:34

    Oh - how I wish I werethe Minister of Justice !!!

  • Fanie Joubert - 2011-06-02 10:35

    Singing "Kill the Boer" and actually killing the Boere has all been part of the struggle. So why will they stop?

      msendi - 2011-06-02 12:08

      "Why will they stop", who are you referring to?? I don't believe that these killings are politically motivated. Stop implicating blacks to stupidity done by senseless barbarians… Not all of us want to shoot the boer…

      Oppressed - 2011-06-02 12:48

      I think its the somalians, but theycant sing the song, so its not the song

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:04

      @msendi but your allowing it to happen by keeping a criminal organization in power... your are just as guilty as them becuase you believe that Juluis has done nothing wrong and that his words are right.... anytime you vote ANC you are guilty of these murder's just as much as the ones doing to killing!

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 14:06

      @ Oppressed you are one stupid phebe!!!!!!

  • Kevin King - 2011-06-02 10:36

    This has been happening for the past 17 years, why should anything change now? The only way things will change is a new government.

  • ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 10:37

    Thank you to over 60% of the population - this is what you voted for. Congratulations! You are all murderers. The blood is on your hands. This is what happens when you keep voting for the same useless government for 17 years. Again.. well done!

      Masendelakho - 2011-06-02 10:47

      Actually its 63% of the 51% registered voters

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:03

      can you blame them? The ANC campaigns with racist posters.. dont beleive me? Go check out their facebook page.

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 11:57

      Zuma malema punanis

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:03

      The tortured family probably voted for the NATS/Apartheid. So the blood of all blacks who died under apartheid is in their hands too, wouldn't you agree?

      Truth - 2011-06-02 13:36

      How many blacks were killed during apartheid Huey?

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 13:53

      HueyPNewton whether I agree with your statement or not - it has NOTHING to do with the issue at hand. I was not even around when people voted for the NATS/Apartheid so why would killing me and my family be justified? Killing and torture is WRONG and you will never be able to justify it by saying stuff like 'oh but this is what we had to deal with in the past.'

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 14:01

      @Truth. Oh, you want to discuss numbers now?? I don't know how many blacks were killed and I don't know how many whites have been killed. Please tell me, what number do you think is acceptable/justified to be killed?

      Truth - 2011-06-02 14:15

      @Huey. No number is justifiable, that's exactly the point. You seem to think the killing is justified based on your comment about the Nats. Now you suddenly turn around and as your question? What's with the illogical arguments? "So the blood of all blacks who died under apartheid is in their hands too, wouldn't you agree?". Didn't you try and say that the killing was justified by saying this?

      DeonL - 2011-06-02 14:16

      Truth, +- 75 people died in prisons during apartheid and 500 + last year alone in prisons was some interesting stats recently seen.

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 14:20

      "what number do you think is acceptable/justified to be killed? " Thank you HueyPNewton, you have just agreed with me that killing is a crime no matter who commits it. Now that we agree on something we need to agree that you cannot call the victim of this racist to justify the torture.

  • Psalm - 2011-06-02 10:37

    I despair for my beautiful country... I have ALWAYS argued that crime in SA has very little to do with poverty. A hungry man will steal bread, money, etc. Hunger does not make one rape a woman, beat an elderly defenseless woman and pour boiling water on her, gang rape a girl and force her father to watch, drag a man behind a bakkie, shoot a baby execution-style, etc. The sadistic nature of the violence common in SA crime shows that poverty is not the cause. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, yet their poor do not resort to this type of violence. I am simply appalled, horrified and angry...

      Truestory - 2011-06-02 11:05

      Psalm, fully agree. My family lived in Tanzania for some years in one of the poorest and remotest parts of that country and Africa. SA poverty has nothing on that place yet it was perfectly safe there. Poverty does not casue these kinds of crimes. Petty theft yes maybe to a degree. These crimes are driven by intense hate and a complete depravity of moral fibre and self worth. Where does this hate come from? It can't be apartheid (that is just an excuse), because these atrocities are comitted against all races in SA. And sadly it is men that are responsible, ALWAYS, for these things. You never hear of woman doing these things. Men are violent and angry and responsible for almost all the pain and suffering imposed by people on people in this world.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-06-02 14:10

      Do u know what is the cause? Its in their nature and it will neva change! They all lived in the bush b4 we got here! U can take the animal out of the wild but u cant take the wild out of the animal! Thats basic science 101!!!

  • justmeme - 2011-06-02 10:38

    This is South Africa - We are living with a BUNCH OF ANIMALS...

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-02 10:45

      thats an insult to the animal kingdom ....what we are living with here in SA there is no word in the english vocabulary to describe THEM accurately.....

      Eric West - 2011-06-02 10:46

      They are worse than animals. Animals don't behave like this!

  • Die Bees - 2011-06-02 10:39

    The new struggle refers to handing over white owned land and business to the anc, and also the the ongoing slaughter of white farmers is part of the new struggle. We are at war, but the one side has not started to fight back yet.

      Cowley - 2011-06-02 10:54

      yet...

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:04

      because if the one side does start to fight back then we will all be Lambs of the to the slaughter...

      Badger - 2011-06-02 11:19

      Well said Bees!!!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:46

      So let's do it....

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-02 12:00

      They trying to keep the fightback at bey by changing the gun laws to suit them not the minority.

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:14

      ROTFLMBAF -Rolling on the floor laughing my black a$$ off-

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:15

      ROTFLMBAO -typo-

  • lakhan7 - 2011-06-02 10:42

    "The Witness understands that there was a similar attack on the Wortmann’s neighbours about three months ago." ...every crime needs proper investigation. if an intense investigation was done at the start, the next incident would not have taken place. Police need more resources. ...and how many prisons can we build? thats not the long term answer, rehabilitation is. Where is JUJU when his voters need him? How will he help out in this situation? ( as a ANC voter i demand that this issue is resolved - because i live on the food that the farmers produce. ...food doesnt grow in woolies - our inflation depends on the Food price - so protect it!)

      Wayne - 2011-06-02 11:04

      Why do you vote ANC if you have more than 2 brain cells??

      Tamz.S - 2011-06-02 11:45

      Police have all the resources they need, including golf 5 gti's. They need to be properly monitored, kept fit and rewarded for every criminal that is brought to justice (so called justice in this country). The other day i witnessed police pepper spray a man who was drunk and fighting, 5min later when they turned their backs he "jogged" away from them and they WALKED after him to try catch him, needless to say he escaped without any effort what-so-ever because the police were fat lazy slobs that couldnt pass a fitness test designed for a mouse.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:07

      stop voting ANC, evertime you vote ANC you make you self just as guilty of murder as the cirminals!

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:07

      @Wayne. The same reason your ancestors voted NP for 48 years.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:08

      @Tamz.S - what the police dont have is intellegent leader's and the will to do their jobs

  • Ricardo - 2011-06-02 10:42

    They so stupid, they don't realize that they destroying there own country, they don't want a first world country they want it to be like Zimbabwe, everything around them dies even the plantation! It's just a matter of time before this sort of thing spreads across the entire SA, and when all farmers are dead, we will see who is going to supply us with fresh produce and live stock!! Kill the killers!!!

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-06-02 10:43

    Zuma, I consider your refusal to take control over Malem, the police force and the criminals of this country as a declaration of war against the law abiding citizens of this country.

  • Mucaine - 2011-06-02 10:44

    Why does anyone still employ black workers? They are still licking the pap off the one hand while killing the pap-provider with the other!

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:23

      Cause, they do what no other race is willing to do for a fraction of the pay. I wounder if this may cause some resentment.

  • Charlie - 2011-06-02 10:49

    Zuma...grow a spine and start looking after South Africans!!! Your anc is destroying this country!!!

  • Mucaine - 2011-06-02 10:50

    Why does anyone still employ black workers? They are still licking the pap off the one hand while killing the pap-provider with the other!

      Jonathan - 2011-06-02 11:08

      I agree - farmers should start creating opportunities for white people only! There are many white people out there that need jobs and would relocate to a farming environment. Create a farming community with people that have the same culture as the farmer.

      Doublepost - 2011-06-02 11:33

      Yep John, great idea! Who the hell needs black racist killers anyway?!

      inyaniso@24.com - 2011-06-02 11:57

      Is this really the best solution you could come up with? So we just close the kraal and have another Battle of Blood River?? The only way forward for OUR country is to get good governance. The only way to do that, is when the moderate people of all colours in this country come together to vote out the extreme elements in our societies!

      Ntebo More - 2011-06-02 12:01

      because they don't want to pay them, they use them as slaves that's why the employ them DUH!!!!!!

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:28

      Wounder if you brainiacs have ever done a hard days labour.

      DarkAngel - 2011-06-02 13:30

      morentobo & tamzien - you both brainless racists.

  • taf.jizz - 2011-06-02 10:51

    This shouting at the top of table mountain each time a farmer gets murdered, sorry to say but it plays in the hands of our incompetent security. Why do I hear such deafening sound each time a murder happens in the location. I guess human beings are never equal in our classless rainbow nation.

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 11:13

      maybe if everybody stopped DEMANDING everything and actually went out and worked like civilized people do there wouldn't be any locations??? Just saying...

      Badger - 2011-06-02 11:21

      If the murder in a location is white on black, you will certainly hear of it moron. State disarmed the public with the false promise of security. What is your point exactly?

  • jowza - 2011-06-02 10:51

    hope they get caught,tortured,maimed for life then jailed

  • Theoniel Bosman - 2011-06-02 10:55

    Vang en hang die Bliksems...!

  • vladimir.lenin1981 - 2011-06-02 10:56

    @ Morentebo: Racism was around long before the apartheid government. It is not prudent, rational or helpful to reason as you have in your comment. The singing of that song is as to continued farm killings as apartheid was to continued racism. Both are wrong. Anything that perpetuates the problem is wrong.

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:32

      Comments on this thread included. Agree completely that singing the song is reckless. Comments on this page calling for civil war are just as reckless. You never know what idiot is listening/reading you statements.

  • Brandon96end - 2011-06-02 10:57

    And that's the point I'm afraid. Can't just steal, have to torture as well... To arms I say.

  • Edge - 2011-06-02 11:01

    Thumbs up if you think we should go to war. Thumbs down if you think we should sit and wait for better days

      Pupuzela - 2011-06-02 11:55

      Lets get off our backsides and start informing the international community on the issue. Our Government isn't doing enough, and anyway the whole issue of farm attacks, and related songs reek of sinister hidden agendas. If this fails, I will be the first to give you a thumps-up.

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:34

      Then they say its the blacks with the low IQ. (mine by the way is off the charts) That is the problem with generalization by definition they are not perfect.

      HueyPNewton - 2011-06-02 13:12

      @Pupuzela. Dude, the international community knows whats happening and they approve. Don't think they have forgotten how you people butchered poor blacks for hundreds of years.

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 13:54

      HueyPNewton I have not killed or butchered anybody in my entire life so for you to generalise like that makes you a racist nobody that will forever contribute nothing but flatulence to comments pages like this.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-02 13:55

      @HueyPNewton here's alesson for ou, the international community thinks the blacks here are a joke, they couldt care less if you lived or where flogged into the sea. they pretened to care in the past because it helped them get over their own guilt.... right now through they are waiting for the for the whites to start controlling agian so they can get back to business

      Pupuzela - 2011-06-02 13:55

      Tamzien, off the charts in which direction? HueyPNewton – thanks dude, I will forward your comment to the ICC as well.

  • Wayne - 2011-06-02 11:02

    So the extermination continues...when do we get to fight back and let them know we are a force to be reckoned with?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-02 11:04

    Eish..I dunno...Crime, crime, crime, crime,crime, crime, crime,crime, crime, crime,crime, crime, crime,crime, crime, crime...Are the elected powers listening ?!!!

      Spoofed - 2011-06-02 13:34

      No they can't, they too busy lining their pockets with blood money

  • Menace - 2011-06-02 11:06

    I want war!!!!!!!!!!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:49

      BRING IT ON!!!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:50

      @menace I mean I'm with ya man

  • AniaRay - 2011-06-02 11:08

    That is terrible I hope those thieves know that every dog has it's day and that the wheel will turn I'm so tired of good people always having to suffer and bad people always get away with it. However deep these crimes goes there will be justice not by police or jails but by other means...

  • Schuks - 2011-06-02 11:10

    I think everyone here is missing the point..... This was the 1st attack on their property in over a 100 years.... in Africa, i'd take those odds!!!!

      Edgar Boehm - 2011-06-02 11:19

      Who cares if is is 100 years or 50 years or 1000 years. An attack is still an attack. You are trying make it sound positive which it is not!

      Masendelakho - 2011-06-02 11:20

      Its still an attack on a farmer you pekkie sympathiser!!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:52

      You are probably a liberal spineless weakling. It's because of you lot that we are in this crisis. HOW MANY BRUTAL FARM ATTACKS ARE OCCURRING A MONTH ? 4000 white farmers have died at the hands of blacks since 1994. That is the official figure. -- How about the case of Alice and Helen Lotter in 2009, where they were tortured to death for hours, and the words "KILL THE BOER" was written on the farmhouse walls, with their blood? ? ? what do you say to that leftist fool ?

      Larro - 2011-06-02 12:43

      @Shuks - it's not like they stubbed their toes FFS - they will both be scarred for life!

  • Jonathan - 2011-06-02 11:10

    Farmers should start creating opportunities for white people only! There are many white people out there that need jobs and would relocate to a farming environment. Create a farming community with people that have the same culture as the farmer. I'm no racist but it's becoming very evident that black people as a collective cannot be trusted compared to other races in South Africa. It's their culture that lets them down - they have no ethics. Incidents like this are creating strains between the monorities and majority!

      Wayne - 2011-06-02 11:17

      Would like to see 6 armed guys trying to rob a few armed boere...die k*k sal spat

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:53

      @ Wayne hoor hoor!

      inyaniso@24.com - 2011-06-02 12:04

      Ja nee Jonathan we cannot be trusted to have any form of social interaction as we have no culture whatsoever and regard human life as a trivial thing. Do you not realise how much HARM you are doing the democratic cause posting like this?????????? I'll bet you're one of those people who can't understand why the ANC keep getting the votes they do! There are still far too many people who call themselves educated that literally force the masses into the arms of the ANC as tehy dare not contemplate trusting the white man! What a sad shame for our country!

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 12:21

      @inyaniso@24.com do you know how much harm they are doing to our democracy by torturing, raping and murdering our mothers, fathers, sons and daughters? off the top of my head - this case plus another case of farmer torture last week, the case of the father tortured to death, his wife and 2 year old daughter shot in the back of the head, the case of Helen Lotter, raped with a broken bottle, then tortured and murdered and the words "kil the boer" written with blood on the walls of the house? We, the farmers, have a right to be upset. We have a right to arm ourselves to survive, we have every right to go to war with the corrupt, racist ANC government.

  • Evan - 2011-06-02 11:11

    One wonders when , if anything the Govt will take action on these farm killings? I suppose the real question pertains to who will take action first... people who have just had enough and who take the law into there own hands or the police? The longer this is allowed to take place the greater the consequences will be. That's just my opinion.

      System Reset - 2011-06-02 11:54

      The ANC have taken action concerning farm killings. By ordering them. Prove me wrong.

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:37

      I am certain the article said the is a task team that are tracking the assailants down. My mistake, do not let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

  • Kyle - 2011-06-02 11:11

    Most of these farm attacks happens to those living outside the western cape. It just shows where most of those animals live.

      Tamzien - 2011-06-02 12:49

      most farm attacks happened outside Guateng. What is you logical deduction about that one. More car jacking happens in Gauteng than the WC. More drug related crime in the WC than the FS. Please tell what that means

  • Badger - 2011-06-02 11:12

    I wouldnt be surprised if one day some farmers will start hiring hitmen to take such criminals out where they are in prison. We should make sure that such incidents reach international news such as CNN, SKY and Aljazeerah.

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-06-02 13:56

      Yes, people are being tortured and killed but because they are white HueyPNewton says the victims are racist. Do me a favour HueyPNewton - and join the Al Quaeda terrorists. They will accept you with open arms.