Bergville police probe farm attack

2015-06-13 09:39
(File, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg- KwaZulu-Natal police were on Saturday investigating an attack on a Bergville farmer.

The incident happened on Friday.

The farm owner came home to find three men, armed with a hundgun and rifle, waiting on his property.

The trio threatened the farmer and demanded money.

The suspects reportedly fired several shots before fleeing the scene empty-handed in a white Toyota Fortuner.

The farmer was unharmed.

Another recent attack

Earlier this week, head of the security desk at KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (KwaNalu), Koos Marais, urged police to increase visibility in rural and farming areas after a farming couple, Lourens and Esther Wolmarans, were attacked in their home in Geluksburg, near Bergville during a power outage.

Speaking to The Witness on Monday, Lourens described how two men attacked him and his wife on May 27.

According to Lourens, Esther was at their home in near darkness due to load shedding when two men broke in and attacked her just after 17:00.

The two men allegedly assaulted Esther before dragging her to the bedroom and tying her up. They then hid behind furniture, waiting for Lourens to return home from work.

Lourens said when he got home, everything was in darkness.

As soon as he entered, the two men leaped up from behind the furniture and hit him with a knobkierie on the head.

Lucky escape

The three broke into a heated fight, with Lourens “fighting for his life”.

“I got one by the throat and hit him,” Lourens said.

“They had a gun, a knife, a knobkierie and petrol.”

The men allegedly covered Lourens in a blanket and poured petrol over him, threatening to set him alight.

According to Lourens, one of the men kept telling the other to shoot him in the knee.

“They were demanding firearms. I think the one guy was scared he would shoot his accomplice instead of me during the tussle. Luckily he did not fire,” Lourens said.

During the tussle, Esther managed to free herself and began to scream, scaring off the assailants who fled on foot.

Lourens said his spectacles had ¬broken during the fight and he battled to find his car keys in the darkness, allowing the men to escape.

The men made off with R200 in cash, leaving Lourens with a gash to the head and Esther with “scrapes and bruises”.

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