Award-winning author attacked on farm

2012-09-21 08:22

Mbombela - Award-winning author Chris Barnard has been attacked by a gang of robbers on his family farm Thuli near Mbombela.

“It felt like a cheap movie, as if you couldn’t believe what you were seeing,” Chris Barnard, 73, told Beeld.

The well-known author and scriptwriter told how he was left tied up to a chair and lying on the floor for almost 12 hours before he was freed by workers arriving for work the next morning.

Barnard was overpowered on Wednesday evening at about 19:30 while watching TV.

Four armed robbers broke down burglar bars to gain entry through a window. His hands were tied with wire and he was hit in the face.

The robbers ransacked the house for three hours, even taking the R150 in Barnard’s pocket, breaking the safe out of the wall, taking his computer, household items and even his double bed.

Barnard sustained only light injuries.

He was treated by paramedics, but refused to go to hospital.

Barnard has twice won the Hertzog Prize for literature and has penned a number of popular radio, television and movie scripts including Paljas and Die Storie van Klara Viljee.

  • NERD - 2012-09-21 08:30

    For them to ransack the house for more than 3 hours it meant they knew he would be alone, it must be someone he knows or someone who's been watching him... Hope you recover from your injuries Chris and that the cowards who did this will be caught and justice would be served....

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-21 09:56

      I would dearly like to get my hands on these savages!!! - 2012-09-21 10:36

      Living among demons, thousands of BARBARIC BRUTAL killings/robberies in SA every year, compare that to Scotland, Germany, Japan etc... why is it so vastly different?

      mcmamedzi - 2012-09-21 11:27

      Now that's what we call cheap labour, 3hrs for R150 to be shared by 4? Eish some people...

  • de.dafteen - 2012-09-21 08:40

    In SA is called "Petty Crime" nothing will be done besides an entry into the Occurrence Book at the nearest SAP office...

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-21 10:12

      If it is entered in the Occurrence book, it will not become a proper case and will not be recorded as a farm attack or robbery, hence it will not become part of this year's crime statistics. It will not even be investigated, so these cowardly bastards will target their next elderly victim.

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-09-21 08:51

    So so sad!!!!

  • waldo.strydom.9 - 2012-09-21 08:52

    Hey at least our crime rate is going down......yea right!!! Only the foolish will believe this.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-21 08:53

    Is this attack going to be in next year's crime stats, Nathi? Or will it be classed as just another "opportunistic crime"? Admit it for once! The farmers are being driven off their farms, look to Zim and see the trend!

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-21 10:09


  • Ryan - 2012-09-21 08:56

    Just another day in sunny South Africa... :-/

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-21 08:57

    take solace that the undoctored crime stats are out chris and this has been a figment of your imagination

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-21 11:18

      Despite the "serious crime stats being down", 42 people are still murdered every day! Jammer dat jy dit moes beleef, Chris. Beterskap.

  • UncleShep - 2012-09-21 09:06

    They were like, "How dare you become an Award winning Author?".....

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-21 09:08

    Thank God he is alive, not many live to tell the story with these robberies.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-21 09:09

    What can we say, this is a daily occurance....cowards picking on old people. We are living in a sick society.

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-09-21 09:14


  • hester.ferrezuelo - 2012-09-21 09:16

    He is one lucky man to have survived this. When SA will this end? When? Why are criminals such cowards? 4 against 1??

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-21 09:16

    They are like rats around a dustbin. I suppose as we always say in South Africa, he's lucky he wasn't killed.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-21 09:16

    It is never going to stop!!! The citizens of SA, and their children, will one day pay for not doing enough to stop this now. It was very upsetting to see on TV last night how another wine farmer tried to defend himself with his shotgun, but the 4 murderers cornered him from every directtion and shot him in cold blood. He had no chance.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-21 09:17

    Eish!you see this is what I really hate about crime! police must get the idiots and lock them upp and throw the keys away

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-21 09:24

    Why so suprized this is africa

  • lauren.k.meikle - 2012-09-21 09:25

    Always preying on those who are less likely to be able to defend themselves - older people or young children. Complete cowards. Makes me sick.

  • Carlos - 2012-09-21 09:31

    And crime is decreasing!!! Says the minister. Please get real, Minister

  • ernie.croucher - 2012-09-21 09:31

    Cowards!!!They always pick on the older guys.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-21 09:32

    News 24 I am waiting for my comment to be posted which you said will be "moderated " as I want to edit it and add..

  • samuel.misemengo - 2012-09-21 09:32

    This is bad, very bad... I'm devastated...!

  • ernie.croucher - 2012-09-21 09:34

    Cowards,takes 4 of them to rob a 70 year old.

  • ernie.croucher - 2012-09-21 09:35


  • ernie.croucher - 2012-09-21 09:38

    News 24 what is wrong with the word cowards in my comment?

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-09-21 09:44

    Thy r now going to kill each ada 4 a double bed as some of de dudes r sleeping on de floor,it was their hit,imagine stealing a bed in robbery,nogal double

  • dudley.joubert - 2012-09-21 09:48

    F@CKING cowards!

  • smalefane - 2012-09-21 09:53

    Don't we have a specialized Police unit dealing with farm attacks? This is spiraling out of control.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-09-21 09:55

    And they say crime is down. Who are they kidding?

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-09-21 10:00

    And our government claims crime is down! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-21 10:37

    There's no way this could b a random robbery, they knew he was the only person in the house nd they even had the tools to break thru the burglar guards, farmers plz make sure u employ trustworthy workers, not just any joe off the street, feel bad for him cause this happnd to a farmer friend of myn and he's black so plz dnt start wit the racist comments

  • gail.welman - 2012-09-21 10:46

    Cowards and idiots. They are like pack animals. Can't take on anyone one on one. I wish Mr Barnard a full recovery.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-21 10:58

    Thank goodness he's ok... Cowards! Not really 'overpowering' anyone by teaming up on a 73-year-old, are you?

  • mcmamedzi - 2012-09-21 11:17

    Can you now stop with these farm crimes, I don't even think you get what you looking for, R150 and how much was your share? R37.50? Is it worth it? Maybe it's time we teach farmers how dish out people's justice...

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