Brit 'who loved SA' brutally killed on farm

2012-11-26 08:31

Bloemfontein - A British man who fell in love with South Africa was brutally killed on the dream farm that he wanted to turn into a nature reserve on Saturday night.

Chris Preece, 54, died and his wife Felicity, 56, was seriously injured when three men attacked them with knives and pangas on their Ficksburg farm, reported Volksblad.

The couple were attacked by three men who were believed to be from Lesotho.

The dogs were believed to have been poisoned after Preece took them out one last time that night.

He became worried when they didn’t come back and the attack took place shortly afterwards.

“The robbers threw her [Felicity] against the walls, slashed her and left her for dead covered in blood.

“And for what? A bit of money, a wallet and a few cellphones,” said daughter-in-law Jeanné Preece

“I tell people this wasn’t a farm murder! He wasn’t a farmer. He was in love with this land.”

Preece said her father-in-law wanted to turn his farm Fleur de Lys into a nature reserve and rehabilitation centre for owls and cheetahs.

The geo-engineering consultant was originally from the UK and worked in Johannesburg, spending only weekends on the farm, while his wife and relatives lived on the farm.

The murdered man’s wife sustained a skull fracture but was said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The three men are still on the run.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-11-26 08:36

    Bring back the Death Penalty.....ASAP

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-26 09:13

      Only read the headline..... I cannot bring myself to read the whole story.

      JHLR73 - 2012-11-26 09:14

      People being singing this tune for the last 20 years and yet we are not close to this. I think we should come up with another response than"bring back the death penalty" because it has no impact..

      Simphiwe Spijo Nxumalo - 2012-11-26 09:18

      this is so sad and seriously infuriating this foreigners are making SA their play ground imagine this guy was gonna provide jobs for people to feed their families why culd'nt they just take what they wanted and spare his life sies man the death penalty must be condolences to the family

      Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-26 09:26


      kvzanten - 2012-11-26 09:38

      Do you really want to give the Government the ability to legally kill people?

      Ðavid - 2012-11-26 10:00

      No thanks. Our wonderful government can't even deliver textbooks, how do you expect them to deliver death sentences to the correct criminals? Becareful what you wish for, you might just get hung for refusing to buy an etag.

      CapeIndependence - 2012-11-26 11:37

      Only an exit from the SA political system can ensure that the death penalty is brought back..

      Thandeka2Luv - 2012-11-26 11:56

      RIP Chris Preece, I found the mention that he loved SA to be misplaced. A loss of life is a loss of life. No need to stress that he loved SA!!

      andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-11-26 11:56

      The death penalty is not the solution. A better government would already do.

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-11-26 08:36

    Ans so the world turns a blind eye on crime in South Africa. Killers believed to be from South African.

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-11-26 08:37

    Sad day for the family. R.I.P.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-26 09:27

      And a sad day for SA. Just look at the contributions he would have made to our wild life

  • Bluecrest - 2012-11-26 08:39

    This just makes me sick!!!

  • shaun.dragt - 2012-11-26 08:40

    Seriously....this is madness. Somebody do something. If the law does not allow us to protect ourselves with lethal force, who will?

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-26 09:31

      I hesitate to suggest this, but I can see the day when vigilante-style justice will begin. If the 'legal' authorities can't (won't) help, then I can see private, concerned citizens doing their own thing. This, of course, will lead to total anarchy, almost the same as living in crime-ridden society where criminals have more rights than the victims.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-26 10:28

      But Shaun - the law DOES allow us to protect ourselves with lethal force. Get armed, get trained, get educated!

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-26 08:40

    SAPS, please don't let this lot get away.

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-11-26 09:25

      Do not hold your breath!

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-11-26 10:36

      Saps? Who are they? The majority of them cannot even find a car in their parking lot! They sleep while working, are unable to solve any crimes committed, lose case dockets, smuggle or sell what they should keep as evidence, and then we give them the benefit of the doubt by appointing them to higher office when they have no qualifications to do even attempt to do that job. And all the time the criminals know this, that's why the crime in our country has gone through the roof. If the real statistics are revealed, we will be shocked, trust me!!!

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-26 08:42

    Agge no man!!!! Grrrrrr

  • Jason - 2012-11-26 08:43

    This is becoming the norm! Legislation needs to be changed to bring back Commando units. Let the farmers protects themselves from these animals.

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2012-11-26 08:44

    & u wont hear a peep from anyone in power!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-26 08:48

    This is horrific! What message will this send to the rest of the world?

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-26 10:02

      marilyn, the rest of the world don't need a message, just read the article on In Transit robbers on Sky news ! The rest of the world know this is a hellhole of note, with the Devil as the President of the Country ,who does sweet fanny adam about Crime !

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-26 11:42

      The message it sends Marilyn is "if you want to live, stay out of South Africa and DON'T invest in this country. The thieves will take your money and you will end up like the rest of South Africa with NOTHING!"

  • boitumelo.mpele - 2012-11-26 08:48

    How sad... My sincere condolences to his Family. And to think that opening a nature reserve was going to actually create jobs! The barbaric people we live with in this country..Shocking!!!!

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-26 10:02

      Well said Boitumelo

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-26 11:44

      In total agreement Boitumelo.

  • mikaelapace - 2012-11-26 08:54

    oh my goodness this is a complete outrage. what a sad sad incident. I urge anyone and everyone to have a look at the Victim Support Network at It is a forum for ALL south africans - victims of crime or not - to benefit from sharing advice, reading specifically crime related current events and sharing personal experiences!

  • warren.rodel - 2012-11-26 08:54

    I hope they catch those pricks! The value of life in this country is so low (murdering for some spare change). I don't know what the other viewers think but I think they should bring back the death penalty!

  • merven.halo - 2012-11-26 08:54

    Hopefully this story will reach the Brittish press.

  • nick.burchell.503 - 2012-11-26 08:55


  • emm.emm.58 - 2012-11-26 08:57

    This is really sad. To lose a loved one at any time is heart breaking but with XMAS around the corner it makes it even worse. My condolences to the family

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-26 08:58

    Imagine how safe the border could be instead of spending money on lifts that travel one floor, bullet proof windows, bunkers and soccer fields that no-one plays on.......

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-26 08:58

    Man we need a new government, NOW!!!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-11-26 08:58

    This is outrageous. He sounded like the exact kind of person this planet needed. My condolences to the family and especially Felicity his wife. I hope you find the strength to make a full recover and consider continuing with his dream of an owl and cheetah rehab centre one day, perhaps in another location.

  • stuart.scully.31 - 2012-11-26 09:10

    My condolences to the family and all the people concerned. This is just straight forward murder for little or no gain. Murder was the objective. I'm challenging all newspapers to print, front page, a list of all people killed on farms this year. If they do, the whole country will be shocked and this will then go international. Maybe then we can get someone to do something about this shocking state of affairs.

  • ForeverWP - 2012-11-26 09:12

    And South Africa burns while Zuma plays his Nkandla......

  • kofi.ghanaman - 2012-11-26 09:13

    Horrendous. This must stop.Sympathies to family.

  • TheSingingHorse - 2012-11-26 09:15

    Where is it proven that the death penalty works. We need a something powerful, something drastic, we need it soon.

  • chris.booise - 2012-11-26 09:19

    The biggest mistake to make SA your dream place to live, it's more your nightmare place to get killed.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-26 09:22

    Tragic' some people place no value to life!

  • cathy.joubertsouth - 2012-11-26 09:22

    This makes me soooo angry! why, why, why?

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-26 09:26

    As an addition to my last comment,I fully agree with colin

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-26 09:27

    Shocking!!!!!this man cme to south Africa for love an had a vision to create jobs.Life in SA is worth nothing hope his daughter will continue w his dream.

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-11-26 09:29

    Seeing News24 is not allowing most comment, we will have to take them to the BBC and othr overseas portals. The truth must reach the media! "so much for a free media in South Africa - liars!"

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-26 09:41

      I have a feeling that the truth is purposely being prevented from flying of main stream international media.... this so they can maintain some kind of illusion that South Africa is free under the ANC.... lying by omitting the truth, obviously big international business continues to like this status quo.....while they continue to fleece Africa.

      grant.burden.1 - 2012-11-26 11:23

      @Glen there is definitly some truth to this many news organisations backed the ANC during the apartheid days. Many built their own stories around the ANC and Nelson Mandela some of it totally untrue and now they won't say a bad word against it. This however is slowely changing Zuma's "New Home" made the papers and T.V here in New Zealand where I now live. However another reason may be that many Western governements are no longer involved in any meaningful way in Africa anymore so they don't bother reporting about what their government is not involved in. The third possibility is they have given up on Africa like most of the world has!

      Shemjaza - 2012-11-26 11:43

      If it makes you feel any better, I am in the UK and I log into News 24 for news as my family still live in Cape Town. I constantly worry about their welfare so I try to keep up with the news and there are many South Africans now living here in the UK who do the same. I believe Sky News may have something about this incident on their newsfeed, but we do get very little news from South Africa. You have to go and search for it.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-26 11:51

      TC, ever heard of ENCA on DSTV - "no fear no favour"? It will reach them, don't worry.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-26 09:39

    A daily norm in south Africa, if you manage to get through the day and not be a victim of some or other crime you can take yourself as having been blessed for that day. When you wake up the next morning you start all over again. Living in such an enviroment everyday is very stressful, its not only you, its your family and that includes your children nobody is safe anymore. We have become a criminals paradise, crime pays.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-26 11:31

      And this is part of the problem..... if we get burgled and nobody was home ....... we say to each least nobody got hurt........ that is how normal criminality has become in South Africa.... how much of 'Normal" are South African's willing to stand for?????????

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-26 09:40

    That's it, keep it up. Kill all the people who bring value and skills to SA and soon we will be left with nothing. Greedy, useless scum! A geo-engineering consultant? Like we have millions of those around... Can you imagine what he was contributing in taxes? And the number of people he would have employed on his nature reserve? Not even to think of the bad publicity this will create for South Africa. Why can people not see the bigger picture?? My sincere condolences to his family - there are no words for this...

  • mark.anderson.7161 - 2012-11-26 09:40

    Chris was a good friend of conservationists in the Northern Cape (where he worked for many years), and I have many records in my notebooks of interesting birds he recorded on the Ghaap Plateau. Sincere condolences to Felicity and the rest of the Preece family.

  • DAZZLEHEAD - 2012-11-26 09:41


  • gonda.lyons - 2012-11-26 09:44

    What a disgrace this is to our country!!!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-11-26 09:47

    Good job Zuma,once again you and the ANC are making our beautiful country proud...This will NEVER end unless you bring back the death penalty,because at the moment they have nothing to fear.

  • carla.smit.77 - 2012-11-26 09:48

    All he wanted was to live out his dream.. Why can't we just live in peace?? Why do we have to live in fear every single day!!!

  • dayle.sykes - 2012-11-26 09:48

    The government must stop the gravy train. Start building decent education facilities and employ qualified people and start with EDUCATION! This savagery will NEVER end unless people get an education. All morals, values, loving our neighbour is lost because of GREED for money. This story is beyond sad. My condolences to the family.

  • marjabr - 2012-11-26 09:50

    when will all this end???? Never???

  • pietbliksem - 2012-11-26 09:57

    Wonder how many other murders took place in SA this weekend....

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-26 10:03


  • arlene.daly.3 - 2012-11-26 10:03

    condolences to the family - may justice bring some kind of close EVENTUALLY

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-26 10:04

    Have shared this on my page, so hopefully my UK friends will keep me updated. Absolutely appalling but those that can do something about all these murders are not remotely interested. Shame on them!!

  • eve.hemming - 2012-11-26 10:05

    Shattered. I was born and bred on a farm in Ficksburg.......many years ago....

  • sifiso.buthelezi.923 - 2012-11-26 10:05

    This is so painful and evil. Fellow South Africans its high time we unite against this evil force. We can not allow this to happen in our country. If the past had a role on this a Restorative Justice must be done.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-26 10:20

      vote a party into power who will actually do something about crime. There's a good start.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-26 10:09

    Sometimes it's better to live your dream in your own country!

      nigel.burgess.334 - 2012-11-26 11:31

      This is our country you racist gadget.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-26 10:09

    And we expect people from other countries to invest in this country? Eddie from Ficksburg said it once on 702's Radio/Talk Show, "This country is burning". Never a truer word spoken.

  • derek.pillay.5 - 2012-11-26 10:35

    Another "Murder story for the headlines in South Africa".....and nothing will change until the next murder is reported and on it goes.....WAKE UP SOUTH AFRICA....IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION.

  • john.rasmussen.731572 - 2012-11-26 10:38

    Chris Preece was a dear friend and we had many interesting discussions in 'Life Group', church and otherwise. We were making plans to visit Chris and Felicity at their farm in Ficksburg in the near future. May God be with the extended Preece family at this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. This comes with much love from the 'Rassies'

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-11-26 11:15

    punishment in our country is not really a deterant but a ticket to a tax paid holiday in prison.

      nigel.burgess.334 - 2012-11-26 11:47

      True - all part of the massive complex problem.

  • nigel.burgess.334 - 2012-11-26 11:29

    Absolutely sickening. Why is it happening and when will the murder of innocent people stop? Get your head out of Nkandla and your private self enrichment program Zuma, and start doing something please.