Inchanga farmer (73) found murdered

2010-07-05 00:00

YET another farmer has been found murdered in KwaZulu-Natal. Yesterday morning, Charles Walford (73) was found dead by his brother at his Sterk Spruit Farm in Inchanga near Pinetown at about 10 am.

He had a head wound which is suspected to have been caused by a blunt object.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the farmer’s brother had come to visit Walford when he found him slumped under a tree in the yard of the farm.

He called the police when he discovered that he was dead.

“His brother said they spoke last week Thursday and everything seemed to be in place.

“He was in shock after he found him dead all by himself,” said Naicker.

Walford was living alone on his farm and it is not clear whether he was married or had any children.

Naicker said that when the police searched the house, everything was in place, and there was no sign of a break-in and nothing seemed to have been stolen.

“But the place was deserted and the employees were not around. So at this stage it is not clear whether they were around or how they had left the farm. The police are investigating a case of murder,” he said.

Koos Murray of the KZN Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) security desk said they were outraged by yet another farm murder.

He said the government must take drastic steps to curb violence and the murder of the nation’s food suppliers.

“We cannot afford the collapsing of yet another farm. I have confidence that the police will again commit their full strength in investigating the matter and will bring the culprits to book,” said Murray.

According to Kwanalu statistics, this is the third farmer killed this year, and there have been 18 violent farm attacks.

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