Farm attack: Woman dies for iPad, laptop

2012-09-16 17:06

Johannesburg - A 65-year-old woman was found murdered on her farm in Great Brak, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

Police found the body of Ria Mills on Saturday night while responding to a call from friends she was supposed to meet for dinner, said Captain Malcolm Pojie.

Police arrived at her farm, Potsteel-Hoogte in Hamelkop, shortly before 20:00.

"The body of the deceased was found in the lounge with a gunshot wound to the neck. Police also confiscated a .38-Special revolver that was found on the scene."

The gun would be send for ballistic tests to determine its involvement in the murder.

Pojie said Mills's iPad, laptop and her handbag were stolen.

He said preliminary investigations showed that the killers fled in Mills's Chevrolet utility bakkie, which was recovered on a footpath near the Wolwedans Dam on Sunday morning.

A post mortem would be conducted during the week to determine the cause of death.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-09-16 17:18

    How many more.....?

      bushmedic - 2012-09-16 17:39

      Rape pillage and murder is unfortuanitly just part of some people's menatlity regardless of race, this whole country should should go on strike and demand that our useless effien government start acting like a responsible government and deal with all this nonsense but alas , people will keep moaning and do nothing .

      hanni.beyers - 2012-09-16 18:34

      I knew her personally. Wonderful lady. Such a tragedy. When is it going to end?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-16 19:36

      @Hanni - when good men stand up against evil, that's when.

      tw2066 - 2012-09-16 21:12

      MAPHONZA is that your cacoon mentality or racoon m,entality or you just plain f@cked up?

      nicholas.sean.taylor - 2012-09-16 23:47

      Mpho, I can't describe how callous you are. If you knew anything you would know that this was actually a small holding and not a farm.

      Vince.York - 2012-09-17 01:14

      Ask the racist ANC Frogs and Rats of the night that incited these despicable actions against their fellow citizens by not condemning it in the strongest ways possible!

      george.outremer - 2012-09-17 09:01

      Indeed, how many more bad reporting posts do we need to put up with? I mean: "Police also confiscated a .38-Special revolver that was found on the scene." said Captain Malcolm Pojie. CONFISCATED from whom? And of course let's not forget grammatical errors and the use of Personification: "The gun would be SEND for ballistic tests to determine its INVOLVEMENT in the murder." Is SA a third-world country, or what?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-17 11:29

      Mphozana.manfred Are you suggesting these murders take place to get the Boer on his knees?. We are not a people that crawl. We are a proud of who we are and the Boer like you call him is producing the pap you eat. Grow up little man.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-16 17:23

    F@ck the Rhino's, save the farmers.

      anelda.bernardo - 2012-09-16 17:25

      Ek stem saam met jou Johan. Ek het tannie Ria persoonlik geken dit is wreed en ongevraagd.

      Steven Trollip - 2012-09-16 17:45

      Stem saam!!

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-09-16 18:02

      I love the Rhinos and the farmers. 'What's wrong with you?

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-16 18:14

      If we can't protect the rhinos how the hell are we going to protect ourselves Mr Jacobs? Are you that dumb?

      tommie.roux - 2012-09-16 18:23

      Yes save the farmers first. Except for nature reserves, rhinos are found on game farms. Game farms are run by, game FARMERS. Without game farmers, there is no rhinos. SAVE THE FARMER

      merven.halo - 2012-09-17 10:03

      @madoda.monamudi - I've got a better idea, how about you just stay of the farms?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-17 11:32

      Johan.jacobs.5680 Just how would you suggest we save the farmers?. Maybe those of us that look futher than their noses could even save the Rhinos as well.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-09-16 17:24

    Why not just take the items and leave? Why did they have to kill an innocent, defenceless woman? Cowards are ruling South Africa by inflicting fear into our lives. It's time we took our country back from these monsters. *pissed*

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-16 17:59

      Yangman, white people can also start behaving like barbarians, just remember that.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-16 18:01

      news24 - why do you ALLOW THIS COMMENT by yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa??? Why should he call for the lynching of NERD's family and that should be okay with you hey???

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-16 17:39

    Filthy cowardly vermin carrying out malemas bidding. Please people let's stand together and deal with these demons.

  • janet.upsher - 2012-09-16 17:43

    Should be easy to trace the whereabouts of Ipad. It has built in GPS doesn't it?

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-16 17:46

      They must used the iFind app

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-16 18:18

      Are you rooting for criminals and murderers or are you one, or is it both?

  • durell.dunn - 2012-09-16 17:55

    The death penalty need be reinstated, dinge ruk nou hand uit !! Dus droewig

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-16 17:57

    Oh was she also killed by my brothers? She surely didn't deserve such cold murder she was old and defenceless. News24 was she living alone?

      lauren.mills.5 - 2012-09-16 19:13

      No she was not living alone! And you are damn straight that she did not deserve murder! She would have given them everything without resisting, but they killed her in cold blood, and now they must pay

      flyswat - 2012-09-16 20:58

      It amazes me how many Black people automatically assume their "brothers" did it...

      vanessa.jankowitz - 2012-09-21 09:46

      She was married, her husband Dr Mills was in Secunda acting as a locum for another doctor.

  • sesom - 2012-09-16 17:59

    Another Farm Murder...What do the ANC care.

      marc.schnehage - 2012-09-16 18:14

      @yangman: Your stupidity will never cease to amaze. Policing is a national function under the sole control of those idiots Zuma and Mthetwa - not the DA. Wake up, man!

      johand.dutoit - 2012-09-16 18:27

      yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa- For your info! The SAPD resorts under the Minister of police which in turn is an ANC Cadre! Zille have virtually no,if any, control over the Police!

  • Margie Bruwer - 2012-09-16 18:02

    Ria Mills was such a nice and wonderfull person,this family has been trough so much pain and know this. When will this stop? We as white people are no longer safe in this country. We are all sitting ducks! My hart goes out to the Mills family. Dr Mills you are in our prays.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-09-16 18:55

      Mphozana.Manfred - You my friend are a savage barbarian. I hope such indignity does not befall you. Yet again it is not the first time I have seen you spew your hatred on white people the way you do. You say she deserved it? Just like you deserve every ounce of violence that will be commited against you.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-09-16 20:07

      Okay let me reiterate, I dont hate black people, I hate people like you. Your racial hatred has turned you into a opportunistic troll who takes such a sad tragic moment such as this and turn it into your own personal bias experience. To be honest if the majority of black people called me all these names, I would take a look at my own personal self and try and improve from there. Not everything is about you Mphozana.

      mark.wallis.7906 - 2012-09-16 20:20

      Mphozana.Manfred - Your nothing but a lonely troll from Nelspruit, why dont you take on the white men on this post? You coward, shows your kind. You woman abusing idiot. You werent even old enough during apartheid so you dont have a clue what your saying. Your argument lacks substance.

      Margie Bruwer - 2012-09-16 20:51

      Mphozana.Manfred, I'm not even going to call you names...because you see there is no name for someone like you! Even the worst name in the world are to nice a name for you...oneday justice will be done!

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-09-17 14:13

      @mphozana you are absolutely right. But let me help you right... YOUR RACE is not 'The Lion' you are referring to. You, are an ill-informed pathetic little black man (and a coward at best) who has no hope of a better future. Not with all the land in the world nor all the mines. So suck on that. My condolences to the Mills family.

  • Michelle Wright - 2012-09-16 18:05

    Gesh it's like the blacks are determined that the few whites that haven't left the country are gonna get killed slowly but surely

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-09-17 14:18

      Zeepolar, put your money where your mouth is. I have a R1000 here I'm willing to bet. Place your bet or STFU.

  • roelfensusanne.mare - 2012-09-16 18:08

    Every weekend we read someone has been killed on a farm! How long must we tolerate this? Its only cowards who did this! Any exuses?? Wages, poverty? What next?

      sipho.mashabala - 2012-09-16 18:28

      Mphozana.manfred, are you aware that every state owned farm has turned out in ruins? Think objectively my son, you cry for land, yet you have no idea what it is to farm on that scale, you think the few tomatoes you plant is farming. You want and want and want, yet you do not give and when you dont get, you kill. Manfred, work for what you want and you will get. I had to and believe me I have gotten far in life. Your government who you so dearly support, does not care about you, or your family, you are just a number, yet their policies will have you have blood on your hands? Your loyalties are to yourself, why dont you buy a farm, if you have enough money to do that then you should have enough money to maintain it? Do you know how to do that Mphozana? Or you just sit there like a crybaby when you dont get your grants? You give black people a bad name.

      tommie.roux - 2012-09-16 18:43

      @mphozana.manfred - We already gave up a lot of land. It is commonly stated by the ANC, and other individuals spreading misinformation that whites own 87% of the land. That is wrong. The government owns most of the land. Why do they want more land from the whites when they can't even properly manage the land they already have. The farms the government used in their land redistribution program are laying barren. 90% of those farms that were given to small black farmers are not producing food. Instead let them make a success of those farms before they take more white owned land, because what they are doing now is taking food producing commercial white farms, giving it to blacks who don't have the knowledge or experience of running a big farm. Most of those black farmers are crooks also, they don't want to work, they sell the farm equipment, burn the farm down and leave.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-09-16 19:05

      Manfred, so you destroy a farm which feeds the country for your own personal well being? Not only the supporter of Savage Barbarian ways, but selfish to? Why not go to Remax and take out a bond like the rest of us?

      flyswat - 2012-09-16 20:54

      OK, hand over the land. Have it all, just like they did in Zimbabwe, but let us leave in peace. If you fund my departure, you have my land. Simple. In ZA as it is in Zimbabwe...

      Doep100 - 2012-09-17 12:29

      mphozana.Manfred, then why don't you BUY the land that you so dearly want like everyone else has to? Because you want a handout. It's this mentality of demanding everything for free that's ruining this country.

      sedeshan - 2012-09-17 15:50

      mphozana.manfred - you are an idiot. why must land just be handed to you on a silver platter? the rest of us buy. I think you should take Sipho's advice or do us all a favour and go jump off a cliff.

  • Spittalsue - 2012-09-16 18:34

    When is the government going to reinstate the death penalty for cases like this. These are not just robberies, but HATE CRIMES comitted by blacks on whites; it is rampant throughout Africa, this hatred of the whites and there does not appear to be anything that can be done about it; if I was 20 years younger I would be emigrating as far from Africa as possible. Yes, I would miss the sunrise and sunset, but I would enjoy being able to sit out on the verandah without having a loaded pistol under my jersey. There is just no solution, sadly.

      madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-16 18:37

      Crime is crime and it affect Black and White it does in matter who was murdered.

  • Nonyameko Nonie Mafeke - 2012-09-16 18:38

    oh gosh what is really happening in our country,if its not a farmer whose been killed its a farm worker

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-16 20:57

      Witch still makes horrible deed ,against the defensless by cowards.I personally do not value life by status or colour.

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  • lennox.mdlankomo - 2012-09-16 18:57

    Maybe these sorts of things are happening because we as the society are allowing aa bunch of few people to hold us at ransom,maybe if we stop blaming the anc,government,malema and the president and do something about the dire situation then this could actually stop

      johnmartin.venter - 2012-09-17 19:12

      You can only fight fire with fire...your government does not allow citizens to take the law into their own hands, and the police force is too useless to do anything(if they had the inclination to do so)

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-16 19:05

    How many more must die before people can do something for us. Our poor farmers and old folks are being targeted because they are easy. These bloody cowards I hope they rot with aids. They are killing us off one by one. This is genocide time to make a noise and let the world wake up to the fact that Democracy in this country is non existant. These bastard will walk free for years before the see the inside of a jail and that is only a maybe. Probably the police dockets will dissappear. What a sick society.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-09-16 19:07

      I dont know what its going to take, as goverrment stated many times before they dont believe it is a problem. I believe soon we are going to have to leave our cushy jobs and stan infront of these farms like soldiers. Shoot to kill.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-09-16 19:17

      That will be a very wise move charnelle

      mark.wallis.7906 - 2012-09-16 20:22

      Mphozana, I have a better idea, come over to my house and I will do society a favour.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-16 19:10

    Mphozana are you referring to Khoi/San land.

      sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-16 19:40

      Pieter Mulder has misled the minority into thinking the land was stolen from the khoi san and they ignorantly use it in defence of ill acquired land. The forced removals happened long after they khoi san used the land for hunting.

  • kganki - 2012-09-16 19:50

    I am deeply saddened by this barbaric behaviour. May her soul rest in peace. But again I really think something needs to be done about this hatred going on between blacks and whites. For one I believe crime is crime, it does not matter whether it is committed on a black or white. So perhaps if we stop this 'we against them' attitude, things might get better.

      miandra.vanzyl - 2012-09-16 19:57

      I agree with you Kganki, people must stop thinking all whites or all blacks are bad. We must realize there are good and bad between all races, religions, cultures etc.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-16 19:55

    ZM and JM we will get you in the end..

  • khosi2 - 2012-09-16 19:59

    People are cruel really why didn't u take iPad n Laptop and not kill de old lady, the world is coming to an end.

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-16 20:31

    Oh was she also killed by my brothers? She surely didn't deserve such cold murder she was old and defenceless. News24 was she living alone?

  • raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-16 20:33

    There's only one solution: you MUST protect yourselves and you children! Step one is to become more secure, and make it as difficult as possible for these scum to break in and overpower you. Our biggest weakness is how easy it is for these scum to find out exactly what possessions you have, what security you have and what you daily routine is. You need to let them go.. Every one working on your farm, in your house or in your garden, and employ trustworthy people. Let's face it, you can no longer leave your security in the hands of black people... Women, clean your own homes, men work in your own garden. Let no black person or anyone you don't trust into your home. Thugs get info from your domestic worker either by paying for it or by force. Do not become a victim because your domestic told them how to get in.... You will never forgive yourself if your loved ones pay for your ignorance.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-16 20:33

    Its what comrades do well, kill, steal and destroy. In the townships they will kill for a cigarette. During the apartheid era the governments agents killed less than 600 blacks, about 150 MK were killed - as per TRC. Since the new south Africa 4000 white farmers have been killed. Worse still we are the murder capital of the world with 30000 murders a year. Mainly black on black and black on white, very few white on black. That approaches 100 a day. Scary. USA about 7000 a year.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-16 20:50

    HerrmannH Charity should start at the Human home.At this stage there is more concern about rhinos,then elderly human beings.So let's turn your statement around ,if we are not protected,how can we protect the rhinos.Or does our priority list,differs from mine.I also love rhinos,and all other animal life.But human beings are my first concern,which I believe all victoms of farm murders,will share.

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-16 20:50

    Terrible,horrible and tragic to die for ipad,laptop and cellphone! And if the homeless black SAs get the farms what will they do with them? Like the rest of Africa NOTHING - then they beg from the WEST and white people. We are sliding downhill with no breaks South Africa.

  • jock.vanwyk1 - 2012-09-16 21:30

    it seems it is dangerous to have a ipad in this country

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-16 22:34

    Cheap reporting is misleading the People. What if she was killed of something else unrelated to the materials mentioned? Media must stop dividing the people with their misinformed articles. Is news24 informing or just dividing us? Only smart

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-16 22:35

    Cheap reporting is misleading the People. What if she was killed of something else unrelated to the materials alleged to have been killed over them? Media must stop dividing the people with their misinformed articles. Is news24 informing or just dividing us? Only smart

  • andre.v.staden - 2012-09-16 23:09

    Such a tragedy, my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. My dad was shot and killed last year July, on a small holding outside Pretoria, for 3 cell phones. My mother and brother thankfully survived the ordeal, to this day we have yet to receive the autopsy from the SAPS, no arrests have been made, even though that one of the stolen phones has been in use constantly. Have no more faith in our SA Police Services, corruption and bad policing seems to be the order of the day!

  • andile.tyhaliti - 2012-09-16 23:15

    I call this a cheap reporting and misleading. Why is it so important to title farm robberies as attacks? Or is it because of the perceived white superiority? I rember when I was working for the SAPS, there was this Station that titled their information reports \ Huisebraak witwooning\ and thought it was just an area called by that name. As time went by I realised that they were refering to a white residential area, however no mention was made about the coloured or black township. So News24 should stop sensationilizing these murders since this type of reporting is creating more harm than good. It should be noted that, I'm not implying that they must report but the reporting must be balanced.

      johnmartin.venter - 2012-09-17 19:18

      Because you idiot, these so called ""robberies" you refer to end up in murder! Hence the term "attack" is used!

  • jan.h.joubert - 2012-09-16 23:34

    Ek is jammer oor die dood van Ria Mills op so 'n wyse.Dit was 'n absolute lafhartige daad wat met die sterkste taal afgekeur moet word.Misdaad is geen oplossing nie,misdaad skep net meer probleme vir Suid Afrika.My innige simpatie aan Ria se familie en mag ons Hemelse Vader jul vertroos en dra deur hierdie tyd.

  • lelanie.kleynhans - 2012-09-17 03:08

    Reading some of the heartless remarks makes my heart ache! Know and love this family - they were part of our community and I know for a fact that not even one of these family members would hurt a fly! Senseless killing - for whatever reason is just that - SENSELESS!! Dr Neville, Civelle en familie - weet dat ek persoonlik aan jul dink in my gebede. Sterkte vir julle. Lief julle altyd!

  • ml.sllim - 2012-09-17 04:19

    I have recently relocated to Toronto where crime occurs, but nowhere near to the extent that it is happening in SA. The difference here is that people get fed up and do something about it! After 5 reports of sexual assault, the entire neighbourhood including surrounds get together to march demanding immediate response from the police. A murder one day (of which most are gang related hits), and an arrest is made the next day. An arsonist who set fire to a building a year ago has just been arrested. Cases are not just dropped, evidence does not just disappear and criminals ARE convicted and charged accordingly. The thing is, we had nothing to do with the apartheid regime so why must we pay the price with our lives?! The fact that the criminals are so callous and vile with their deeds is because they know full well they can get away with it. My father has been a victim of hijacking, my sister was raped and now my Aunt, Ria Mills, has been murdered.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-17 11:55

      Ml.Slim. You are talking of first world police. We have none of that. Most police here can't even fill in a form let alone catch a burgler or a murderer.

  • chhpurdy - 2012-09-17 05:29

    Seems like its "open season " on the whites

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-17 05:34

    stop buying cheap second hand electronic goods, sunglasses jewelry and car parts then this senseless killing can stop. Employ police with more qualifications , than only a black skin and a ANC membership card , then killers can be caught. Employ educated and motivated justice officials, not a black skinned cleaner as a judge. Do we need affirmative action in SA? Amazing to believe , but even during apartheid black people apparently left their families in black rule countries to utilize economic, medical treatment and educational opportunities in racist SA. Was apartheid better for black people than black African socialism? Was apartheid the better of two evils? Lets stop crude racism and ask questions to let our ANC voters think about their grand children s future

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-17 05:42

    Mado comment 16 Sept farmers should employ private security as they have money. He obviously did not pass economics 101. If he did he would realize that the food that he need every day would only cost him more. If the farmer is so rich he could sell his farm to a European with money, that will retrench all the workers and look at the game on hid farm, while the farmer enjoy his money safely overseas, or farm overseas and earn more money.

  • graham.horn.505 - 2012-09-17 07:32

    @mphozana.manfred I have often wondered whether (some) blacks were simply callous murderers or whether I simply hadn’t made an effort to understand what goes on in their minds. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  • rudi.scott.92 - 2012-09-17 07:48

    There is only one way out of this and that is to bring back the death penalty. At the moment murderers are just killing and not much is being done about it. Mayb if they realise that they are being killed for killing other people then it will stop. Just a thought

  • susan.lennox.98 - 2012-09-17 09:23

    Yep the black-enamelled heat resistant mau mau are at it again...YELLOW BELLIED COWARDS THE LOT. No balls and definitely NO do you justify attacking an elderly lone are a definite sub species of the human race.

  • andy.rossell - 2012-09-17 10:35

    Bunch of murdering thugs

  • Piet - 2012-09-17 10:36

    yangman and these murderers all deserves a bullet.

  • blackfrankwhite.senene - 2012-09-17 10:38

    Can't we just have peace in this country without all these race attacks, can't we all live peacefully without poniting fingers at each other. Can't we just have a change for once as South Africans without all these muders and killing of innocent lives, black and white lets work together and take out all these rotten animals who make our beautifull country look like a zoo.

  • Piet - 2012-09-17 10:53

    I'll give the black people credit for the fact that they can stand together. But us bleedingheart, banggat, peacemaker whites, we are a dying breed, and we are to scared to stand together and do something about our situation....

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-09-17 10:56

    These are Racial Hate Crimes. This is Genocide. Low conviction rates for killing whites in South Africa along with Zuma continuing to sing "kill the boer / white man" with the SA military dancing and acting out shooting whites with machine guns at the 100 year celebration earlier this year (the clip is available on youtube for you to see). The ANC infested institute for race relations along with other national 'whatch dogs' don't seem to think there is anything wrong with encourating violence against white South Africans while they continue to get murdered with no recourse against the perpetrators... I would like to see him and the enitre senior leadership of the ANC have their day in an international court answering to crimes agains humanity.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-17 11:23

    Just another day in South Africa, once a paradise, now a safe haven for muggers, killers, rapists and robbers.

  • thomas.rikhotso.7 - 2012-09-17 11:34

    I hv no dought 2 sy diz,ppl wo hv done diz r foreinas. Why? Bcos a citizen can't do a such thing just bcos he kno dat he hv no plce 2 hide. I'm not a xenophobic,bt true speaking can't brk a relationshp.

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  • mpmahlangu - 2012-09-17 16:00

    Things batho do bathong...

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    Things batho do bathong...

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