Dog frees attacked farmer’s wife

2012-02-21 12:17

Fochville - A boerboel belonging to a farmer and his wife helped her to untie her feet after robbers bound her during an attack on their farm.

The five robbers overpowered the dairy farmer and his wife on Monday morning while they were milking cows. The farmer was shot dead.

After the dog helped her to free herself, Bernadette Hall, 44, ran to where her husband David, 48, was lying in the grass, a few metres from the dairy.

“He just lay there, still,” cried the badly traumatised Hall on Monday afternoon.

Shot dead

Her husband had been assaulted and shot in the chest.

The couple had been milking their cows at about 06:00 when she saw the men walking towards them through the maize field.

“I yelled at my husband that they were coming and had a gun. David went out but the dogs held me back.”

Shortly afterwards, she heard two shots. The robbers then forced her to the farmhouse, some distance from the dairy.

She tried to fight back. “I hit them with a pipe and with my fist.”

The robbers beat her on her head and body with a panga, gun and a pipe. She had to get stitches to her finger where she tried to shield herself from the panga.

“They wanted guns and money. I gave them small change and our wallets and unlocked the safe.”

But the robbers didn’t take anything and tied her up in the garage before fleeing in the couple’s Nissan Almera.

After their dog, Caesar, freed her, she first ran to her husband’s body and then called for help over the radio. Other farmers and the police where on the scene within minutes.

One farmer said that Hall was “beside herself”.

'So unnecessary'

Her husband’s elderly mother, Joan, and other family members comforted each other on the scene while his body was removed.

“We can’t describe how we feel, it is so unnecessary,” said Peter Hall, the murdered man’s brother.

“David put food on people’s tables and now he has been murdered.”

The couple’s two sons and their mother will continue farming alone.

"The farm was my father’s dream and passion,” said Bradley Hall, 23.

The car was found abandoned in the Kokosi township near Fochville several hours after the murder, said police spokesperson Captain Mvula Chaka.

No arrests have been made yet.

DA leader in the North West, Chris Hattingh, said on Monday that more than half of the farm murders committed this year in South Africa had been in the North West province.

“There is a big need for rural safety.”

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 12:25

    This is really sad, and we still claim to be proudly South Africans.

      Riëtte - 2012-02-21 13:00

      For once Poloyatonki, I agree with your comment.

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-21 13:03

      Sad is not describing this. The GENOCIDE continues.

      Lulama - 2012-02-21 13:13

      I am still proudly South African. It's the murderers that make us look bad. You and I are decent South Africans and that is why we get so angry about these things. It really makes me mad that these criminals are turning our country into a warzone.

      Marion - 2012-02-21 13:22

      @Tanie Sariekie... just because we disagree on many things on this site (its called freedom of expression) there are times when we sit on the same side of the fence (I think much of the time it is called compassion).

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-21 13:30

      Tanie Sariekie, your comment is disgusting. Have you no feelings? Mind you - your picture seems to resemble you perfectly! Sies tog.

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-21 13:36

      @TANIE SARIEKIE, your comment describes exactly what we must not do regarding the execution of our farmers.

      Jessica - 2012-02-21 13:46

      Bunch of barbarians. They are worse then animals

      Lezhanne - 2012-02-21 13:57

      @Lulama - The murderers and criminals doesn’t make us look bad but makes the government look bad. They (The Government) are in fact the ones setting the “example” in this country and do absolutely nothing about the crime in our country. Also why they would probably never bring back the death penalty because there will be nothing left of the corrupt government.

      J-Man - 2012-02-21 14:17

      Just ONCE I would like to read a headline that says something like this: Farmer shoots 5 robbers attempting to rob him, 3 were killed, one got mauled by his dog, and one beaten up and arrested.... (Its a sad day when a person wishes this on another human being)

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-21 12:27

    they wanted guns and money but didn't take anything?

      Peter - 2012-02-21 13:10

      ulterior motive, perhaps?

      Marion - 2012-02-21 13:23

      That does sound very weird. Wish I had a dog like that...

      Sharon - 2012-02-21 13:49

      Maybe it was because they weren't there to steal. Just make it look like theft, and the government has an excuse to carry on calling it "opportunistic crime", and the extermination can continue unabated.....

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-21 12:27

    Shocking and very sad indeed .. These are the folk that feed this nation ....

  • thabo.mabotsa - 2012-02-21 12:28

    thats really sad , May god bless his soul ,the dog is a hero in this painfull story .we must never turn this into a colour thing ,something wrong has been done and those responsible must be punished for it no matter who it is , BUT unfortunately the comments on this site will turn it into a race thing again

      Karri - 2012-02-21 12:38

      Indeed it will turn into a mudslinging fest, Thabo - but thankfully some of us can still rise above it. Crime affects EVERYONE of all races in this country. What a sad story.

      John - 2012-02-21 12:39

      Thabo is quite right in assuming that this will turn into a racial issue simply because most of the perps of this type of crime are black but remember there is some white excrement e.g. the Modimole Monster. Also I agree that the dog definitely deserves some praise here.

      Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-21 12:44

      Not to be racist Thabo, but farm killings has been actioned by blacks.

      Heibrin - 2012-02-21 12:46

      Thabo: Please explain to me what other motivation, besides racial, these murderers could have had, since they didn't take anything?? If either you, Karri or John can provide a viable alternate I'd be more than happy to listen. Just a word of caution: the facts speak volumes.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 12:49

      Merven - that song has been banned or did you just come out of a coma?

      thabo.mabotsa - 2012-02-21 12:52

      The reality is there is so much hate in this website , hate for black and white , what we dont realise is that it shall take us nowwhere , GUESS what it is still going to get worse for ALL of us before it gets better . farm murders are terrible crimes because it ultimately affects our stomachs ,now you cant eat hate can you , ALL we should focus on is protecting each other but no south african's on this site , don't want that , TO HELL with U all those that spew racial hate on this side .

      Riëtte - 2012-02-21 13:03

      @ Poly, the song has been banned but yet is still being sung by the ANCYL, so your comment is actually rude.

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 13:07

      I agree Thabo. We can only make things better the day we stop looking at each other's skins and unite as South Africans against these crimes. I feel such pain for this family. Such a deep pain!

      Grant - 2012-02-21 13:14

      @Thabo - there is very little hate on this website against black people who openly criticise and condemn the ANC. Anybody who votes and/or supports the ANC is responsible for these things, same as anybody who supported Hitler in his darkest hours have the blood of millions on THEIR hands!

      Vermie - 2012-02-21 13:20

      @Thabo farm murders are terrible crimes because it ultimately affects our stomachs??? Dude... seriously? *mind blown* How about farm murders are terrible crimes because it affects so many lives! The families and friends left behind. The ones that need to clean up the horrible scenes that are left by these scum? No we'll just make it terrible cause it affects our stomachs *Sarcasm*

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-21 13:24

      Thabo, Have you bothered to look a bit deeper at the farm murder situation. The boere are getting executed usually after extended torture sessions. If this was ordinary crime, then why torture and dehumanize the victims? Why kill the boere with a bullet in the back of the head? What do you expect? Do you want the boere to sit quietly and wait for their executioner? The so called Farm Murders are racially motivated, beyound a doubt. The evidence for that is starting to surface big time. The classic disinformation and information suppression methods does not work any more. The Internet allows the truth to be exposed. @John. You cannot compare the Modimole Monster to what atrocities is happening with the "Farm Murders". The Modimole Monster's actions is insane. The Farm Murders is clearly organised and pre-meditated Genocide.

      John - 2012-02-21 13:31

      Thabo - I agree with your sentiment if it had happened a few times. But this has been happening since 1994, and the majority of the murders are black on white. The whites are fed up. When will this stop ? If this was happening on the same scale with whites murdering you thing the blacks would keep quiet ? This is genocide, and the sooner the international criminal courts believe this, the better

      Lanfear - 2012-02-21 13:48

      LOL @ Poloyatonki! Quite true, and well said. @ Rebel - yes and Area52 hides aliens, and the Illuminati controls the world. That is just a conspiracy theory with not a single valid bit of proof to back it up. Yes, some of those murders were obviously driven by hate and vengeance. Have you seen some of the crime victims in townships? Horrific. To try and pretend that the farm murders is an organised and funded attempt at genocide is short-sighted. @ iPixel - no, the most murders in the country [over all, not just farms] are NOT black on white, but black on black. Read your statistics Thabo you are right, I am so tired of every bit of news in this country being turned into a racial issue, filled with hate and intolerance. Can't we all walk forward into a future where we all work [and care about] for better lives for all? I know there are still problems to overcome, but it seems to me when reading most of these comments that everyone in this country is stuck in the past, and all they do is complain about issues, without ever a word spoken of a possible solution.

      PB - 2012-02-21 13:49

      TANNIE SARIEKIE W T F ? ? ? ? Are you for real?

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-21 14:04

      @Lanfear The rate of farm executions in South Africa are the highest of any category in the world. And you are trying to disguise facts like that by means of ridicule and conspiracy theories. The crime in the so called townships is horrifying but does not even compare to the atrocities against white farmers. Try something else, that one does not work no more. South Africa has numerous Black farmers. Show just one case where the Black farmers got attacked in a remotely similar way to the White farmers.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-21 12:34

    The useless police should do their jobs!

      methedex - 2012-02-21 12:46


      Vusi - 2012-02-21 13:13

      How Fidel were the police supposed to prevent this murder? Until we bring back the death sentence Millions more of all races will be killed because we don't have a judiciary that works at all! JubJub kills 4 kids in a drugged state and he is still running free. Kotze shoots his brilliant stepson and will get a few years in prison. WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE A LIFE AND THEN NOT PAY WITH THEIR OWN FOR IT???????

  • jason7ellis - 2012-02-21 12:39

    Somethings don't make sense here. Where was the dogs during the attack? They didn't take anything? They hit her with a Panga but she only got stitches to her finger? Maybe this is bad reporting but something seems to be missing.

      lindaawhelan - 2012-02-21 12:50

      I had the exact same thoughts.

      berni.venter - 2012-02-21 13:21

      news24 is not know for it's detailed, accurate reporting yet we all jump through hoops, to conclusions and speculate on what was not reported... Use your common sense folks. The truth will eventually be exposed, so let's wait and see. And for goodness sakes stop making everything about race! Evil is just evil - it knows no colour, gender or age.

  • Saffa - 2012-02-21 12:39

    So NOT only did the magnificent dogs PREVENT her from going outside....but one of them freed her as well. I stand in awe of these amazing creatures. In this absolutely tragic wasteland we call a country, tis only the magnificent animals who bring any hope at all.

  • Phumi - 2012-02-21 12:40

    Sounds like one of those crimes of passion to me. I still mantain that the farmers need to up their securities of their estates like many of us do. Crime affects us all and even worse the poor who cannot defend themselves.

      Deirdre - 2012-02-21 13:03

      Ever thought of the cost of "upping their security? How do you propose they do so? And even if they did, because of teh vast distances between farms, the criminals would still be able to do a huge amount of damage, before the response teams could arrive

      Riëtte - 2012-02-21 13:07

      Exactly how do you suggest you secure a farm, and how do they pay for it? Even the most secure estates are not safe from criminals, so how can you maintain your opinion? Crime of passion? So he deserved it because he made someone angry? Farms are kilometers from their neighbours on gravel roads, do think it's as easy as jumping in your car and getting there in seconds? It's comments like yours that really makes me angry because it's based on limited knowledge!

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 13:18

      You know Phumi, please take a panga and hit yourself over the head! PLEASE! This is a very serious matter. We are talking about a man's life being taken here and you come on here with a stupid comment like this a passion crime?????? If you want to hang around here, please don't give us a bad name and fuel any more hatred than there already is. Can you please do that????

      Koos - 2012-02-21 13:34

      No... the farmers did create ''kommando's'' and the ANC said no more..... so there you have it..... by the throat!!

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 13:37

      @Koos. Please teach me more about the commandos. I have vaguely heard there was such a system but why was it abandoned? Surely that would be our answer to these continuous farm killings?

  • Chris - 2012-02-21 12:42

    Another valuable productive South African sacrificed by 5 oxygen thieves in the name of 'balancing the injustices of the past'! It's a one way street - exchange one useful body for five worthless bodies, and it's another brick out of the wall! Wake up South Africa! When we've killed all our farmers, there will be no more Spar, Woollies or Pik 'n Pay! Only another Zimbabwe.

      methedex - 2012-02-21 12:45


      Chris - 2012-02-21 13:17

      And those couple of thumbs down about this comment represent all that is wrong with this country! This is not a racial thing. We must assume that you are so blinded by your own racial hared, that you cannot see the wood from the trees. Maybe I'm expecting too much!

  • KayMoruane - 2012-02-21 12:42

    F@#ck the gov, period! There are so many reasons to bring back the death penalty in this country & the A.frica's N.otorious C.riminals' resisting because they are criminals too. How would Zuma feel if it was his brother?

      methedex - 2012-02-21 12:45


      KayMoruane - 2012-02-21 13:55

      @TANIE SARIEKIE, I never thought there was someone as stupid as you are...surely, you not blind to see just a troll!

  • Onke Tshaka - 2012-02-21 12:43

    this is really sad, I'm a proudly black young african it makes me sad to think that there will always be stupid fools who always consider skin colour as an excuse to hurt another human being like this, regardless of the colour of ur skin, given a chance to impose justice on these fools, i would personally cut their balls off...nothing less than that will be justice as far as im concerned cos these killings are getting out of hand now

      eddiebant - 2012-02-21 13:23

      Onke I agree.We need more citizens thinking with their brain than their heart.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-21 12:44

    Condolances to the woman and her family! Well done brave dog!A man is dead,family destroyed all because powers that be continue to allow this slaughter! They say we musnt be racist but enough is enough!

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-02-21 12:46

    Something doesn't ring true about this story. Having shot the farmer, these armed and apparently brazen criminals take time to wrestle with the wife, who was apparently beating them with a pipe, and tie her up - why not just shoot her too? The dogs held the wife back and untied her but did not attack the robbers. And the criminals didn't take anything except the car which they abandoned. None of it makes sense.

      Riëtte - 2012-02-21 13:08

      insinuating she was somehow an accomplice?

      Shirley - 2012-02-21 13:11

      Do you speak dog?

      NrGx - 2012-02-21 13:20

      Yeah, and in the morning article of this story, the farmer was shot in the back of the head, with no mention of the dog. In addition, the morning article was a total copy of another news media site (chose not to say, comment will get deleted), and now the story is TOTAL DIFFERENT to any other I have read on the net. I get the feeling this is just a sensationalist article. R.I.P David!

  • joy.skene - 2012-02-21 12:50

    Why compare humans to animals??? This dog is more heroic than any human I know..... No animal I know of kills for the sake of killing! The more I hear about people, the more I love my dog!!

  • joy.skene - 2012-02-21 12:51

    Why compare humans to animals??? This dog is more heroic than any human I know..... No animal I know of kills for the sake of killing! The more I hear about people, the more I love my dog!!

      Shirley - 2012-02-21 13:13

      1000000 thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Olivia - 2012-02-21 12:52

    Savage ridden B@#$%&ds! Absolute scum of the earth!!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-21 12:53

    This sucks no matter who's being murdered where and by whom and why. Pity the constitutional court took away the death sentence

      Gerhard - 2012-02-21 13:09

      Tanie Sariekie aka Whitty, you may change your name, but you will always be an ape.

  • Wollie - 2012-02-21 12:56

    Apparently they want to install some radar system from America to protect rhinos. If anything moves in the area the radar picks it up. It can also, somehow, differntiate between people and animals. I am getting one of these for my farm - linked to a radar tracking gatling gun.

      Marion - 2012-02-21 13:34

      Like that one Wollie... just hope it doesn't kill your kid who is sneaking back home at midnight without you having realised he/she was gone...

      Wollie - 2012-02-21 13:49

      Good reason for him not to sneak ou then :)

  • Matthew - 2012-02-21 12:57

    find them kill them kill them all shoot first,confessions later

  • George Mouton - 2012-02-21 13:01

    Feeling the sorrow and grief for that poor family !! May Jesus give you strength and courage for the time ahead!!!

  • qcoelho - 2012-02-21 13:03

    Will this ever stop in our country??? One sad place... We kill the one that helps feed the other.

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-21 13:07

    A medal for the dog, and the gallows for the murderers. It's time we started treating these criminals the way they treat others. Let the punishment fit the crime.

  • Rainbow - 2012-02-21 13:14

    Ancyl supporters doing it for Julius. each time a farm murder is committed the blood is on malema's hand.

  • Marion - 2012-02-21 13:20

    Sincere condolences. May he RIP.

  • Emil - 2012-02-21 13:35

    Its sad that he was murdered what waste of life. Im dont believe her story. 1. They both milking cows she screams intruders 2. He goes towards them to confront them.3. Dogs prevent her from following 4. His murdered 5.She is slightly beaten and tied up 6.Dog frees her. Why did dogs not attack did they know intruders and did they tie her hand behind on in front wit what a shoelace. A farmers wife is one of the most abused women they just done say anything. Im not saying she was abused her story just seems like swiss cheese. holes

      Warren Cowley - 2012-02-21 13:43

      Ja. The story is not really detailed. Where was the dog while they were been attacked? And not to sound weird or anything but they locked her in the house just to steal a car and small money? They would have cleaned out the house in my opinion.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-21 13:43

    Perhaps we should ask Zuma and his cronies how may Farmers have to die - before YOU GIVE A SHI1T ?? During peaceful times - sons bury their fathers During a time of war - fathers bury their sons This isn't a democracy, it's a demockeracy. Soon even the animal farm will cease to exist.

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-21 14:15

    'n Hele familie in pyn en leiding en dit omdat 'n paar mis-oes moere hulle hande nie van ander mense se besittings kan af hou nie. Ons regering belowe land aan almal, want ons boere het als mos gratis en verniet gekry. Dit is hartseer om te weet dat ons regering niks vir die arme mensies doen nie. Die mense wat die ons land voorsien aan kos. Ek hoop elke bliksem wat 'n boer vermoor vrek van hongersnood en ellende.

  • comurray - 2012-02-21 14:29

    These farm killings are not done by our locals. I believe these thugs have entered illegally over unprotected borders, they arrive scout the area, plan killings then escape over the border with their loot. Untouchables that is what they are.

  • Sally Lewitt - 2012-02-22 00:20

    Bernadette.. Sorry for your loss and the idiotic comments made by some people who THINK that are Crime "ARMCHAIR" investigators.. Pure IDIOTS!!! New24, you need to jack up you reporters!

  • Sharonique Hattingh - 2012-02-22 06:13

    i know these people.... she would never have done what some of you are thinking!!!! she loves her husband dearly,and i cant think that this is easy on her or her family... lets hope shes fine and recovers well from this ...

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