Woman, 94, attacked on KZN farm

2015-06-30 12:03

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Durban - A 94-year-old woman was attacked on her farm on Monday by two men who stormed into her home, beating her with the butt of a pistol before quipping that there was nothing of value to steal.

Maggs Visser, who has lived on her farm in Upper Tongaat for decades, was injured in the attack, but declined to be taken to hospital.

Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) posted that their guards had been dispatched early on Monday to Visser’s home, which is in the middle of a sugarcane plantation.

“Upon arrival, officers found a visibly shaken elderly woman who stated that two men held up her domestic worker and her private security guard as they were about to enter the property and forced them into the home.”

“One suspect was armed with a revolver while his accomplice was in possession of an Okapi knife. The suspects began assaulting the elderly victim with the butt of the firearm, demanding cash and jewellery before ransacking the entire house in search of valuables,” Rusa posted.

“The victim further stated that when the suspects did not find anything of value they made a call from their cellphone to an unknown person and informed them that there were no valuables in the house before cutting the call. They then stole a duffel bag and keys to the property before fleeing on foot.

“The victim sustained cuts and bruises from the assault and was treated on scene by paramedics however she declined further medical attention,” Rusa said.

'Disgusting'

Farmer Steven Walder said that an attack on a frail and elderly woman was “disgusting”.

“I am very disappointed in the fact that this happened in our district and I have known her my whole life. Her late husband was a farm manager before the land was sold to the land claim. This is a very tight knit community and if something happens here it hits home a lot harder. It is like this happened to a family member. I have had three of these incidents that have affected me directly and it makes me really angry,” he said.

KZN Agricultural Union spokesperson Koos Marais said that an increase in farm attacks in the district was a cause for concern.

“There have been five incidents in the area alone this year. We call on farmers and landowners to take extra precautions as it is abundantly clear that these criminals will not stop at anything. If something is amiss at home, call for assistance. We repeat our calls to the police to increase visible patrols in these areas,” he said.

Three weeks ago a farmer from the same district, Ian Johnson, was killed in an ambush attack on his brother’s sugarcane farm at Nyoni.

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