Eastern Cape cops hunt farm attackers

2013-04-22 17:41

Johannesburg - Eastern Cape police were searching on Monday for two men who attacked and injured a farmer near Middelburg.

"It is alleged that Marais van der Merwe, age 31, was attacked on his farm Dunblane on Friday evening around 20:00," Captain Stefanie Smith said.

"He was returning from town when he was overpowered by two unknown males wearing balaclavas when he stopped his vehicle in an open garage on the farm."

Marais sustained head injuries and lacerations to his arms and body.

One of the attackers had a panga. They took his cellphone, wallet, and money in his office.

The men left him in the veld about 2km from the farm house.

"He managed to find his way back home, took his vehicle and drove to the neighbouring farm."

Marais was taken to a hospital in Middelburg.

  • KevinKing - 2013-04-22 17:55

    How do they know preps were male? Discrimination

      Dotmatrix - 2013-04-22 18:08

      What a stupid thing to say, did you not think that the victim told the police they were male... Very serious problem we facing with farm attacks and this poor guy nearly gets killed and that comment of yours is all you can come up with... Well rant over, hope they actually find these guys or they die somehow. I also hope Marais gets well soon.

      Ryan Warren van Rooyen - 2013-04-22 18:18

      They obviously spoke to the farmer while ordering him around and taking his possessions, you idiot Kevin... Apart from the obvious that it is HIGHLY unlikely that 2 women would overpower a 31 year old farmer. Go find some children's games to play online, the news is not for stupid trolls like you.

  • KevinKing - 2013-04-22 17:55

    How do they know preps were male? Discrimination

      Dotmatrix - 2013-04-22 18:09

      Meaning Kevin is not the sharpest tool in the shed

      Adele Coetzee - 2013-04-22 18:17

      Because they aren't stupid. Its easy to see the difference idiot!!!!!!! But maybe u have been mistaken for a female?

      Jacque Raymer - 2013-04-22 18:46

      its black males, as usual.

  • Hugo Lategan - 2013-04-22 18:13

    Stick to the report. Observe carefully and then by all means comment! So many comments are not relevant at all. In this case ANOTHER farmer is attacked.

  • KevinKing - 2013-04-22 18:15

    If the sex is known, then surely the race is known, which further cuts done the suspect pool

      Dotmatrix - 2013-04-22 18:28

      Yeah they probably do know the race, we all know NEWS24 only mentions the race when they caucasian. So Im betting they were African.

      Warren Nel - 2013-04-22 18:50

      News24 doesn't have B-L-A-C-K in their list of allowed words...but just wait for a white guy to do something...

  • Victor Mathenjwa - 2013-04-22 18:50

    It's better to take the law in to our own hands,because the government is failling us,people do things whatever they want and not getting punished,the police arrests them but the mgistrates give them bail.

      Dotmatrix - 2013-04-22 18:56

      Two wrongs don't make a right, however with that said if Mr van der Merwe had shot these two in self defense it would have been a good thing.

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