Dying farmer found by best friend

2012-04-04 10:05

Johannesburg - The best friend of a farmer who was seriously assaulted and robbed on his farm on Tuesday, held him one last time and gave him water before he died.

A badly traumatised Johan Venter told how he and At van der Merwe, 68, had been like brothers and that they had farmed maize and cattle together since 1994. Van der Merwe was single and had no children.

He was presumably attacked early on Tuesday morning in his farmhouse in the Bloemhof district. Robbers assaulted him, raided the house and fled in his silver RAV4 with the registration number FTY 116 NW.

The vehicle is still missing and the robbers are still on the run.

House ransacked

Venter told how he went to Van der Merwe’s farm just after 07:00 on Tuesday to drop off farmworkers.

“At was not outside as usual when I arrived,” told Venter. “I went into the house and found him on the floor. His hands and feet were tied. His one eye was swollen shut and his whole head was swollen.”

Van der Merwe could still talk to Venter. “He asked for water. I picked him up, untied his hands and gave him water. He swallowed with great difficulty,” said Venter.

Van der Merwe told Venter he didn’t know the robbers. Venter left Van der Merwe alone while he walked around looking for a cellphone signal to call for help. When he came back, Van der Merwe had lost consciousness. He died before ambulance staff arrived.

Venter said robbers had dug a hole under the electric fence. “They came in through a window in the living room of the house.”

North West police communication head Brigadier Thulane Ngubane said they were unsure if more items had been stolen because the house had been left in a chaotic state by the robbers.

Police were investigating cases of house robbery, murder and theft.

Police called on anyone with information to call 08600 10111.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-04 10:23


      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 10:29

      They don't have to murder. But they do it anyway.

      Rvn - 2012-04-04 12:17

      More is being done to protect the rhino than to protect our farmers...Once all the rhinos have all been killed off will the farmers then get some protection or will they be killed off too?

      sabongam - 2012-04-04 17:03

      Fully agree with you Nicholas...Why kill an innocent and hard-working farmer or anyone for that matter? I know this sounds like a broken record but seriously the govt has to put into law for courts to hand down appropriate sentence for these animalistic crimes. And also consider bringing back the farm protection units as they are the life line of our economy and are our food providers. Cos' this is seriously fu**ed up. Condolences to his family...And before anybody says anything moronic - its not about white and black.Its about being a decent human being/South African respecting another's life.

  • Sonja - 2012-04-04 10:26


      Sonja - 2012-04-04 10:31

      training started years ago, the big kuk is coming soon, i have heard talk from certain people. big kuk coming.

      Gigo - 2012-04-04 10:34

      Sonja from who?Visagie?

      Sonja - 2012-04-04 10:36

      dont worry. just wait and watch

      Gigo - 2012-04-04 10:39

      Ok Sonja tell us to prepare ourselves then.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 10:47

      @ Sonja...., Like the Bop incident. People of all cultures are victims. Sorry your Rhetoric is BS

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 10:50

      Why such an outcry for a Farmer being murdered? Is the lives of RSA citizens other that Farmers , less valuable? So you incite civil war cos of this incident?

      Facts - 2012-04-04 10:54

      I am just as sick of all of this. War will come but I don't think soon though. If people are so serious about stopping all these murders why and what are they still waiting for?

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-04 10:55

      dude come the F down. People have been saying that since you were a kid.

      Clifford - 2012-04-04 11:00

      @ Blackzulu....This and more than 3000 other farm murders.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 11:05

      @ Clifford, You seemed to have lost your roots in your fake European suit.... What about the 50 000+ victims that are not Farmers? Please...........

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-04 12:42

      People who gloat about wars have never seen the devastation one causes to a nation. Again (with better grammar) I say: calm the F down

      jbrandct - 2012-04-04 13:20

      Wishful thinking Sonja. All these stories about "boer and mercenary training camps" you hear around braais is nonsense. And even if there are, a handful of people will not make a difference. The only war that this country needs, is black, brown, white etc. together against all the pieces of trash like the ones who killed this innocent farmer.

      appietrader - 2012-04-09 11:26

      To late now should have been in 1994. All was duped by de Klerk, S... whites?

  • Dieter - 2012-04-04 10:28

    if you see strangers in your yard/farm, then shoot the f*ckers. Ask questions after they've been wounded.

      Gigo - 2012-04-04 10:29


      Steve - 2012-04-04 10:31

      Wounded? I think Kill, Dig hole & Bury!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 10:32

      Every farmer and his family need weapons training and MUST carry firearms on them at ALL times. Bottom line. And yes Sganja, really! Let's get rid of this racist scum who threaten South Africa's food supply. - 2012-04-04 11:14

      Hi Duncan, in my opinion, ANY stranger who comes into my home, regardless of race/colour, is a danger to myself and my family. Race has nothing to do with this, ultimately, we are all in the firing line. A barbaric event has happened, and it happens how many times each day.. We as South Africans need to take a stand on crime, we need to protect each other, and the last think we need or want is for more people to spew racial hatred to divide us even further.

      pokum - 2012-04-04 11:24

      No he does not mean black people, we live on a farm and trust me the strangers that want to harm you are not always black. If you see a person on your farm that does not have need to be there one warning shot in the air and the lay them down boss, we cant live like this anymore...sengizwile man, enough is enough

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:30

      @Duncan It will most propably be a black person. They walk where they want, they take what they want.

      J-Man - 2012-04-04 12:09

      Ahhh...CharlesDUMBwin... "Let's get rid of this racist scum"...look at the good Christian being a good Christian like always....

      nsda29 - 2012-04-05 11:10

      Really Koos!

  • JHLR73 - 2012-04-04 10:42

    Stories like this makes me sick!! It just makes me realise the country we live has become one sick place.My question is: why do farmers still stay here? Why don't they pack their bags and look for a country that will appreciate them, for putting food on the table. All farmers should leave SA, in so in return these murderous scum can realise that one can not live without farmers and food!! Idiots!!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-04 11:17

      Duncan...can you think further than your ar**? Do you realize that if we had to leave, this country will be completely EFFED, without our tax money paying for your children s school fees, your electricity, practically everything you you even give a **** about your family, who probably don't work, on how they are going to get through life with actually having to pay for stuff? what happens when they are hungry? you'l still put the blame on us, even though we are gone? doesn't that just show how pathetic your comrades run a country? we all want to go forward, but people like you, want reverse? go back to the bushes and run around like a wild thing if you have such a grudge against us, you dip-****

      Andries - 2012-04-04 11:19

      @duncan really, so this country can walk the same road as every african country plagued by war. so you can starve and fight against the white man when he comes to give you aid.

      pokum - 2012-04-04 11:26

      Its called love for your country bro, not everyone believes that the whole should suffer for a few morons

      dewalds3 - 2012-04-04 11:29

      I think Duncan Thab... is right. We should leave, it is in any way futile for us to try to continue if his views are shared by many others. We are a small number of people and it is probably not worth it for us to put our children's lives and futures on the line. And our skills and knowledge could be used in some of those european countries. Duncan - please, could you help us with our applications in those European countries? They do not just allow you in, but obviously you have thought about it. We will not be able to send you any food from there, but surely you have a plan B?

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:32

      Duncan, It must be terrible to be black. Everybody is against you.

      Rvn - 2012-04-04 12:01

      @Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - Oh really? Finish the sentence for me. No farmers in South Africa equals no ? It starts with a F and ends in a D. Still too hard for you? the two middle letters are O. You complain with petrol increases and toll roads. Will you complain when the food prices jump drastically because SA has to import all their food from other countries because those countries dont kill their farmers?

      Rvn - 2012-04-04 12:03

      Stop listening to malema and think before you speak. I know its difficult but just try. Please....

  • pekajean.vandyk - 2012-04-04 10:43

    I am a peace full person but this is getting out of hand. When is firstly our goverment going to do someting about this: 2. WHAT ARE WE AS WHITE AFRICAN GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.3. WHAT IS THE WORLD GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. THEY WERE QUICK TO UNDERCUT THE WHITE GOVERMENT , BUT NOW THEY ARE SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. PLEASE JACOB ZUMA BE THE PRESIDENT THAT YOU CAN BE AND MAKE A DIFF. SHOW US YOU ARE NOT AS USELESS AS IT SEEMS. I did not want to say this but it is getting to a point that we as whites will have to re-arm us with illegal guns to protect ourselfs as this goverment did its best to make sure we have no selfdefence.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-04 10:50

      Hate breeds hate breeds Hate breeds hate breeds Hate breeds hate breeds Stupid humans are stupid

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-04 10:55

      Duncan you are twisted and racist. He was born here, he is African. You say that he personally said those things? Shame on you. Every day you be hating.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 11:00

      heheheheheheehe......don't speak like a peaceful citizen,

      Omrisho - 2012-04-04 11:11

      my duncan, that's a very "african" name you have there...

      Bobby - 2012-04-04 11:13

      @Duncan Thabiso: According to your way of thinking, Thierry Henry could never be a Frenchmen,as he is not European. Funny way of thinking. And wrong, old fashioned in this day where the world is a village, anyway.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-04 11:30

      @Duncan. I did not liked and allowed the NP to decide for me who I was and still am. I therefore push them to change. Yes, I did my part. Neither will I allow you decide for me who I am. I AM AN AFRICAN and you can nothing about it!

      justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-04 11:39

      It is apparent that every crime commited to a white person,the main accused is a black man...why cant we be reconciled? This is getting old and its like that \peter pan\ syndrome-where your unable to grow above discrimination.were stuck! We tend to blame colour,if you all have prophecies please have the ability to read minds and see which heart governs hell

  • Derek - 2012-04-04 10:46

    And the country burns while our useless government squabble and bicker amongst themselves like children. Where are the decent, honourable, educated, non-corrupt people to lead this country? Mostly in the DA I would suggest.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 13:59

      WRONG, DA has criminals in their ranks as well. Just the other week the (DA) had no issues with one of their volk committing Fraud.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 14:09

      Who was that blupoopoo?

  • Jymiro - 2012-04-04 10:54

    Everyone is worried about crime is SAfrican that includes farm killings. But we should not elevate farm killings above other crimes because they are committed against Afrikaner farmers. What bongle my mind is that most of these farm attacks recently are happening in the NW area. This to me says a lot about the relationship between farmers, workers and the surrounding communities. Farmers must learn to maintain good neighbourly relationship with their workers nad surrounding communities. It is those workers and communities that would be defending them and not amount guns they have.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 10:59

      The reason to elevate is because it threatens our national food supply !!! This is a national crisis !!! Do you get it now???

      Jymiro - 2012-04-04 11:13

      Its not a national crisis Charles. Crime is a national crisis irrespective of which element of crime and who is affected. Our food security is threaten by global warning and not crime. There i sno such farm killings in other parts of the country other than in NW

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-04 11:24

      We cannot assume he treated his workers badly, Jymiro. Before he died, he told his neighbour that the perpetrators were unknown to him. Most Farmers know just about everyone in their community. Those were outsider scum. My heart bleeds for this poor man. What an evil way to die, being tortured to death.

  • Jane - 2012-04-04 11:02

    What is wrong with these people? Raping children, beating people to death, necklacing suspected witch doctors, torturing animals, what the hell is going on in this country? The degree of savagery seems to be increasing, nothing shocks me anymore, and what is our government doing -throwing parties and having pointless conferences talking rubbish and doing nothing but a stupid dance on stage and shouting VIVA!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 11:48

      Both of the above posters talking BS again. "These people" ....what does this mean? Look at the other criminal acts reported on this very site and you will notice that other cultures are also committing crimes.

  • Karin - 2012-04-04 11:04

    When one looks at what is happening to the country,and you look at the change that is taking place,and you look at the drastic economic and political change,it is clear that we are not going the path of zimbabwe,but the path of iraq,soon there will be weapons and lifeless bodies scattered all over this gorgeous land of ours,people wil kill each other to the point that 25% of people will immigrate,and then,only then food security will be,if not worse, the way zimbawe's food security was in the later 90's.It is my and your right to stand up and do something about the genocice,althougt the current goverment does not admit to it,It is indeed genocide!!

      Jymiro - 2012-04-04 11:18

      Wrong assessment Karin, again exagaratingyour point. Many rightminded White SAfrican knows that SA is not drifting towards Zim, only those small minede who pre94 could believe all the swaar gevaar theories and pack a stockpipe food because there was going to be a so called killings of Whites. Get light SAfrica is safe and in good hands

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:56

      Your coffee is getting cold. Wake up. The majority of white liberals are long gone.

      Benn - 2012-04-04 12:09

      Are you sober or just terribly misled? Its not a question IF SA is collapsing- it is already in an advanced stage of collapse.

      Balan - 2012-04-07 13:12

      @ Jymiro, you a very true SAfrica is in good corrupted hands

  • Dejavu - 2012-04-04 11:04

    This is way too much Farmers, sit down talk about ur protection strategy

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 11:09


  • Dejavu - 2012-04-04 11:04

    This is way too much Farmers, sit down talk about ur protection strategies.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 11:09


  • Karin - 2012-04-04 11:06

    When one looks at what is happening to the country,and you look at the change that is taking place,and you look at the drastic economic and political change,it is clear that we are not going the path of zimbabwe,but the path of iraq,soon there will be weapons and lifeless bodies scattered all over this gorgeous land of ours,people wil kill each other to the point that 25% of people will immigrate,and then,only then food security will be,if not worse, the way zimbawe's food security was in the later 90's.It is my and your right to stand up and do something about the genocice,althougt the current goverment does not admit to it,It is indeed genocide!!

  • Mashudu - 2012-04-04 11:08

    Government must do something regarding criminal attacks on farmers. this is now too much.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 11:17

      Yes they should !!!

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:40

      Only when it snows in hell.

  • pokum - 2012-04-04 11:16

    Disgusting the things people do to others, this is why our country will never heal and handful of animals who dont want to get up off their asses and work for their money

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:41

      Handfull? 15 000 000 on grants.

      Pieter - 2012-04-04 11:44

      Must be a huge hand then....

  • PieterWolf Lombard - 2012-04-04 11:17

    And the criminals are gaurded by criminals....Showahead????

      Funi - 2012-04-04 12:52

      Like Pik Botha!!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-04 13:52

      lets stick to present and forget past, the real architect was actually verwoerd. but hey if you happy and you know clap your feet???

      Balan - 2012-04-07 13:17

      @ Funi, go quick and take a shower, Zuma has a position for you

  • Cpo - 2012-04-04 11:18

    @Sizah,what a stupid comment,re-think and re-write your comment idiot>> crime&apartheid does not mix,you mean to tell us;as jails are full its because of apartheid,its no longer about criminal mind,intention&so forth, grow up>>>>>

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-04-04 11:32

    We can not blame this cruelty to apartheid. If you are poor what you will steal will be food. Further you will not kill somebody for food.

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-04-04 11:35

    @Sizah I am also a part-time farmer, I had 3 bakkies stolen, tractor batteries etc. I am not white but too black. If it has not happened to you, you will not understand. If this farmer shot at this intruders what will be your comment?

  • Andries - 2012-04-04 11:37

    I will wager a statement again. I have seen a lot of rhetoric that is biased and rasist. This country, never mind how you look at it, is heading for a fall and by that I mean that you should read a violent outcome. I have heard the statistics of attacks on all members of society. the difference is that because of political tension and rhetoric this attacks against whites are more violent and aggressive. everyone claims that apartheid be blamed for this, but please, we are nearly 20 odd years into a democratic society. If anything our society has become more and more racially motivated with BEE and attacks on farmers. People who have voted and fighted to give freedom to this country is forgotten and not respected. Criminals run our government inciting the masses to violent acts against a regime that have long since perished. uneducated masses perpetuate these thoughts and ideas because it pays that the government keep them uneducated. How will they know of a better place/quality of life if the only thing they learn is that it is apartheids fault and that the white man is continuing to oppress them financially and socially. they get promised houses(which we pay for) and they keep on voting for the ANC who is in fact not making the world a better place for them. In my opinion the country is in a worse state for the masses. Socio-economic problems exist because the government wants them to exist, because they provide votes and incite violence!

  • Lulama - 2012-04-04 11:38

    Maybe instead of waiting for the government, farmers need to "take matters into their own hands" and work on their relations with their workers. They need to work on making sure that they treat their workers with the respect that they deserve and not like slaves. Everytime you hear of a farm murder you get all the Afrikaans people talking about an approaching war and how they (the Afrikaans) are going to wipe out all blacks in SA. The government can protect the farmers as much as it wants but they really need to treat these workers better.

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:47

      This farmer did not know his attackers. Were his workers to scared so they hired someone else. The Potgieters were murdered by their farm worker and his friends, not because they were not treated right. Just because they wanted what was his.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-04 11:49

      Lulama, respect works both ways. You would not employ someone who has to be taught literally everything because the education system has failed our unemployed youth. You would not risk your expensive equipment to the hands of someone who barely passed Std. 5. You would not provide food for an extended family of your own free will. You would not put up with workers who are generally still drunk on Monday, and stay away for three days after payday. You would not provide transport for your workers as people do in the Country. You would not pay or assist in paying for funerals. Why should you? That is what most Farmers in this Country do.

      Lulama - 2012-04-04 11:57

      Tania, you reckon that these farmers hire these people out of the goodness of their hearts? I doubt that very much. Farmer workers are cheap labour and they are exploited for the very reasons that you have mentioned. They don't have anything and how dare they even think of challenging "die baas". They get flogged, in this day and age? Are you really going to flog a man who has a family and kids? Really? All I am saying is, that crime is just an out come of a few deep rooted issues that need to be dealt with. Human life is too precious and we need to do something, quickly.

      Koos - 2012-04-04 11:59

      Most people think farm workers are saints.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-04 12:07

      How many floggings are you aware of, Lulama? I think you are caught in "The Color Purple". Please read Bheki Dingiswayo's comment. I said "most" not "all". Don't pick out what you can dislike about my comment. If you lived in a farming community, you would know that my statements are true.

      Lulama - 2012-04-04 12:21

      Tania, please don't get me wrong. This should be a working relationship not farmers doing favours for poor uneducated workers who cannot pay for their own funerals. It should be a proper employer-employee relationship. Having said that, it is not an excuse for workers or robbers to attack those poor familes the way that they do. If you can attack another human being like that, it means that there is a part of you that is dead and they should face the full force of the law. Also, if the government is failing us, why don't we get up and do something ourselves. Why don't farmers and workers start to relate to each other like humans?

      Koos - 2012-04-04 12:53

      To be a farmer is a stressfull calling. It is not a job, it is in your blood. I want to tell you a story and at the end will ask one question. This farmer is a dairy farmer. He milks 120 cows twice a day. He has 8 workers. They all stay on the farm. He also has a broiler house to help with the cashflow. Free milk and chickens. Free housing (brick house). Free running water. Free transport for the kids that is going to the town school. Free electricity. Each male person get a bag of maizemeal according to his household. Come Christmas time a ox is slaughtered. Free meat for everyone. They all get paid the min wage as per the labour law, including UIF. No deductions is made for all the free stuff mentioned. The dairy is his cash flow. Come payday two of the workers are always off for extra day. If payday is on a Friday they will disappear for the weekend. They got spoken too. Then they started to milk the cows only 9/10 empty. The cows developed sickness. It took 23 of them out of production for a couple weeks. The other workers new what was going on but never spoke up. Eventually the two were fired. One night they came back and cut the tenons on the back legs of 7 cows. What will you do?

      Lulama - 2012-04-04 14:04

      Koos, I don't want to pretend as if I know exactly what the workers or farmers are going through. It can't be easy for eitehr of them. It's a difficult situation. There's this misconception that when you give people things for free they should worship the ground you spit on. Receiving things for free can take away a bit of your confidence and self-esteem so that is obviously not a solutions. Something tells me that there is no answer that I can give you that will make you happy because there is a point you want to make and I shouldn't take anything from away from your point. I don't know what I would do, Koos. That is not a situation I have ever come across but at the same time as a human being I am still angry at the way people get treated while working on the farms and even more angry at the rate at which people are being killed on the farms.

      Manu - 2012-04-04 17:01

      Koos what you described is a dangerous relationship between the farmer and worker. The potential for conflicting expectations in this relationship is very high. I agree with Lumala just because something is free doesn't mean that it will or has to be appreciated. Imagine for a moment that an employer (say in a city) paid you a basic salary and then threw in other benefits off the book. The employer may think "oh I am doing a good deed what more could my employee hope for?". But the employee will look at the ad hoc benefit and think "I should always please the boss or I will lose the benefit". The employee is now put in a situation where he always has to grovel or absorb abuse rather than suffer the loss of benefits. The employee will consider his suffering as sacrifices for a reward. The result of this quiet humiliation and the desire for vengeance. When the day comes that the employee is fired, expect anything. The employer has not only taken away the employee's job but made all the sacrifices (in the employees mind) worthless. A person in this mindset is dangerous. Just pay proper fair wages. Don't play mind games or try to win favour by throwing in goodies here and there.

      Brett - 2012-04-04 19:41

      So Lulama you believe that murder is justified if the workers are paid low wages? I hope that you are one of the first to starve when there are no more farmers.

      Koos - 2012-04-05 06:42

      You are missing the point, as expected. It is not about the things they get for free. It is not about the wage that is paid. In the one side you say the farmer must look afetr his workers but on the other side you say they don't want to be looked after??? The point I was trying to make is this: Take responsibility for your actions. When you have a job look after it. You don't have to do more that required, just do you effing job.That is what and why you get paid for. If you don't like it leave. Don't blame others,cause them damage or kill them when you get to experience the result of your actions. On the side: If the farmer convert all the benefits into money come 10 days into the month they will start to starve because he, the man of the house would have thrown it all down his throat. That is the reality of it all. If you want to experience what the farmer deals with on a daily basis, go and stay on a farm for a year. It is always easy to talk from the sideline. Thanks for the conversation.

      Bulelwa - 2012-04-05 10:06

      Lulama, you obviously have never been treated cruelly or one of the members of your family got killed for what they owned and killed by their own. This has nothing to do with treatment. Try speak from your heart and not your mind. As you obviously see I'm black but the treatment that we get from our fellow brothers and sisters at work places I think it's worse than these workers that you are trying to defend. No matter how you put it there's no justification for taking a life if it's not on self defense. for whatever reason. Every life is precious and worth living.

      Manu - 2012-04-05 12:51

      Koos, I am familiar with farm and rural life. Many farmers (including employers of domestic workers) make the mistake of "Looking after" their employees. As I explained before it creates a dangerous relationship. An employer should firstly provide a wage that is fair and secondly create a work environment that is safe and pleasant. What the worker spends his or her money on should be none of your business, unless you see the worker as your child. How do you think the worker will feel if the "baas" tells him I am going to stagger your wages and benefits because you aren't mature enough to manage yourself? How can you expect good work from a person in such a situation?

  • lskosana3 - 2012-04-04 11:55

    This is just too painful, lazy scumbags killing you for your own things!

      Lulama - 2012-04-04 12:39

      It's sickening and disgusting.

  • ujozi.sales - 2012-04-04 11:58

    I was reading the comments and decided not to comment.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-04 12:08

    A farm is a business and just like a lot of businesses that I know, there's 24Hour security and the gate and around the facility. But here's a problem... Security guards get paid less than workers of a company... How much will a farmer pay the guards if the farm workers are paid R1200pm?

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-04 12:38

      @Koos, My brother is a sound engineer. I took him to school! I was just putting my view out there. I think you must just go back to school.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-04 12:41

      Go to your local shop and insist on only buying local produced food. Also insist on not buying imported cheap rubbish that are mixed with SA quality stuff to reach an acceptable standard. Insist of paying 25% more for those 100% local stuff. Send a fax to gov. insisting to stop allowing the rubbish to be imported. When you succeeded with all above insist on farmers paying a business related wage for labor even if housing and food gets provided. Insist on farmers to guard there properties. Until than keep quiet!!!!! (Your spelling/grammar friend. :) )

  • Ken - 2012-04-04 13:26

    Don't worry too much about the future of the Farmers. President Malema( in waiting )will take the land back without compensation. Little does he realise that the land is all he is going to get. The Farmers have I understand have taken a view that he will get the land but that is all He wont get Livestock (Auctioned off) no Crops because no planting and no Machinery. So let them have the land .

  • ManJay - 2012-04-04 14:37

    Crime knows no color, perpetrators can be of any race. The least we can do as the nation is to stand together and fight crime. Blaming one another won't take us anywhere, let's just face real issues here which is crime. No one deserves to die like that, we all human. Together we stand divided we give killers, robbers, rapists, thieves more power to rule over us.

  • Chris - 2012-04-04 16:11

    It's not only white farmers being murdered. My family farms on the border of the old Transkei, and there have been several black farmers murdered in our district over the past few years, beside the white farmer and the farmer's wife who have also been murdered. My own mother survived a farm attack, so I reckon I'm qualified to comment. Point is, its often black communal farmers in the former homelands who are the hardest hit by crime. When you only have 6 cattle, and 3 are stolen, you lose 50% of your herd. And if you think the police do bugger all about crimes committed against white farmers, go and speak to the black chaps in the Transkei. No-one speaks on their behalf and the police really couldn't care less.

  • justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-04 17:05

    It is apparent that every crime commited to a white person,the main accused is a black man...why cant we be reconciled? This is getting old and its like that \peter pan\ syndrome-where your unable to grow above discrimination.were stuck! We tend to blame colour,if you all have prophecies please have the ability to read minds and see which heart governs hell!

  • Jayson - 2012-04-04 21:11

    You have gotta love some of the comments being thrown out there. This is bordering ridiculous. The news article is about a man that was murdered on his farm. Bottom line. He was murdered. Irrespective of his color,,this man lived through so much, and to have his life taken in such a horrendous manner is beyond comprehension.

      justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-04 21:46

      Totally agree

  • Bulelwa - 2012-04-05 09:10

    I may be out of line but this is my opinion. Woolworths is the best first class store that sells fresh vegetable farm produce and maybe the others like it but so far I know Woolworths gets fresh produce straight from the producers(Farmers). Viva “WOOLWORTHS”. Sd now if this happens to our Farmers what will become of us and our country? These are the very people that feed us. My heart is breaking and I wish there could be more women out there who could join in with me in Inter ceding for the Farmers. To the Farmers. They must always be prepared to defend themselves at any cost but also put God first. He is the Divine protection. I'm hurt over what's happening.

  • Porshemak - 2012-04-05 09:40

    this is so sad! what this fools they don't is they're putting are curse to themself and family.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-07 12:04

    sad all over again!

  • propatria1 - 2012-04-07 21:55

    Why does this idiotic newspaper reporter refer to this MURDERERS as ROBBERS?????????

  • Colleen - 2012-04-08 16:18

    Nothing has changed and it will never change.

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