Assaulted grandma dies in hospital

2010-12-27 10:00

The 79-year-old woman who was severely assaulted by two farm workers employed by her grandson died in a Vereeniging hospital.

“She died shortly after noon on Friday. The cause of her death will only be confirmed by the post-mortem,” Constable Magauta Serati said.

The elderly women was assaulted by two farm workers, whom her 26-year-old grandson then allegedly shot dead on Wednesday.

One of the farm workers was a former employee of the grandson.

The man had had a confrontation with his boss, who refused to pay him and fellow workers their monthly wages.

The worker threatened do something terrible if he was not paid.

The farmer reconsidered and paid the man his salary, but also fired him on the spot.

Angered by this, the 22-year-old farm worker returned to the farm in De Deur in the company of another farm worker and found the woman home.

The two assaulted her until her grandson returned to the house.

One of the two men, in possession of a shotgun, fired one shot at the farmer.

He returned fire, killing both of them instantly.

Serati said the elderly woman had sustained serious injuries and open wounds were visible on her body.
Police said the men had used a sharp object to assault the woman.
Three murder cases were being investigated.

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