Farmer beaten, tied to tree then shot

2012-01-31 09:54

Mahikeng - A 77-year-old farmer who was murdered on his farm near Stella over the weekend was badly assaulted, tied to a tree and then shot dead, North West police say.

The body of Hendrik Johannes (Boet) Cilliers was found at 19:00 on Sunday near his farmhouse, after his bakkie was found abandoned on a nearby road.

He had lived on the farm all his life. It is situated about 15km from Stella on the road to Mahikeng.

Police spokesperson Captain Aafje Bothma confirmed that there was a gunshot wound on the forehead.

According to Jaco Scholtz from Stella, Cilliers’s legs were tied up and he was badly assaulted.

Scholtz said Theo Scholtz, one of his neighbours, had found the white Nissan 1400 bakkie on the road about 3km from Erfdeel. He called the police.

Several other people who had seen the bakkie had also called the police and driven to the farm. They saw the house was a mess but there was no sign of Cilliers. He was later found about 30 metres from the house.

Fond of children

Cilliers was a widower and lived alone.

His family suspects he was attacked while mending a fence on the farm.

"[He] usually had money with him and there was nothing on him when he was found,” said Jaco Scholtz.

Cilliers had three children, Chris, 47, Ansa Nieuwoudt, 45, and Willem, 42. He also raised his grandson, Johan Cilliers, 19.

“Oom Boet was mother and father to him. I have tried talking to Johan but he is in a terrible state of shock,” said Jaco Scholtz.

Johan Cilliers matriculated from Stella High School two years ago and is currently a second-year agriculture student in Potchefstroom.

Niewoudt said her father was very fond of children.

“They always followed him around on the farm.”

She said her father was very active and healthy and regularly ran after the cattle when they had to be herded.

“He was generous and always very good to others, even at a cost to himself,” said Nieuwoudt, who lives in Klerksdorp, on Monday afternoon.

Raubie Malan of Agri Stella described Cilliers as full of life.


Jaco Scholtz said there had been no serious crime in the area over the past year.

He said the farmers and workers suspected that three young men were responsible for the crime.

Workers on a neighbouring farm had apparently come across three young men who were “stoned and drunk”.

Farmers in the area are now following tracks.

Bothma said police are only investigating a murder at this stage.

  • Morne - 2012-01-31 10:11

    So sad..

      Jou - 2012-01-31 10:40

      Sad??? It's another hate crime. Sad was the case about ten years ago. After 2000+ farmers it's genocide.

      HiJack - 2012-01-31 10:49

      Joumase, it is close, if not over 4000 farmers already. We are way past genocide.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 10:59

      4000 farmers alone plus 45 000 non farming whites since 1994.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 11:11

      For the @ss who thumb downed me, that makes up 33% of the total number murdered in this country since 1994. Whites are not 33% of the total population, so that means that there are more whites killed than any other race in this country.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-31 11:29

      @ Hotkop, it is in the ANC's best interests to keep racism alive and well. Come elections, what do they preach? If you vote for anyone else, apartheid will return. They could not give a damn how many whites are killed, in fact they would like to see that statistic stay as high as it is. You will get loads of thumbs downs because in real terms, more blacks are killed then whites, but when you put it in perspective, as you have, it paints a grim picture for whites and some people don't like that reality either.

      RobertKeeling - 2012-01-31 11:35

      Oh come on Willie. You think it is a fun game with these guys? Very disappointed in such a short sighted comment!

      Celtis - 2012-01-31 11:45

      Willie willie hoor nie

      andy.brewis - 2012-01-31 11:52

      The saddest thing about this hate crime is our apathy towards it. The writing is on the wall!

      spacepirate - 2012-01-31 11:53

      hy willie jy is die aap van die dag,jammer ek het nie jou fax nie dan het ek al die informasie vir jou deurgefax sodat jy dit rustig in jou huis kan lees speel bietjie met genocide op afrikaners rond op die internet jy sal wel die waarhied kry ,skies jy is nie n aap nie jy is n blou gat aap

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 12:08

      Willie, whatch the documentary "Africa Addio" It will open your eyes.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 12:09

      Oh and see the website of Genocidewatch. We are on level 6.

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-31 10:12

    Shocking !!! , Brutal and very sad indeed, The Culprit/s or SAPS cant now say he was an abusive boss, husband or person in general..always justifying why a farmer is Killed. This is Bullsh*t seriously, im so sick of the violence and brutality My family and I are exposed to everyday..My condolences to Oom Boets Family.

      Morne - 2012-01-31 10:26

      Who's the idiot that disliked this comment?

      Oscar - 2012-01-31 10:30

      a thumbs down? Must be a trol.

      Bigwolf - 2012-01-31 11:04

      I deal with many farmers who's staff think the world of them, as they are very greatful for them building houses giving jobs and food helping their kids be educated and more, yet the crime is normaly outsiders with hiden agenders

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 11:08

      Untill you dismiss one of them for stealing or being drunk etc then they kill you.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 11:21

      I know..They burned my dads barn down with 3 tracktors inside for dismissing a guy who stole tools from the farm.

  • Oscar - 2012-01-31 10:14

    Ag Here tog! When will this ever stop? To the family: The whole country is weeping with you.

      Oscar - 2012-01-31 11:24

      Hm ... wonder who is giving the thumbs down ...

      RobertKeeling - 2012-01-31 11:38

      Or more to the point - wonder WHY they are giving your comment a thumbs down? Nothing negative or nasty there. I agree with your sentiments!

      SarelJBotha - 2012-01-31 11:59

      The whole country?...I think not.

      Snoopsy - 2012-01-31 13:08

      SarelBotha = Troll

  • Penny - 2012-01-31 10:15

    I hope the farmers get the bastards before the cops do..what could a 77 old man do to 3 strong young men, there was no need to kill him.

      violet.bossut - 2012-01-31 10:31

      They are to yellow to come one by one they have to do cowardly deeds in groups.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-31 10:55

      They are like sheep, if one does it they all follow. Cannot think for themselves!!

      Anon - 2012-01-31 11:05

      You took the words right out of my mouth!!! Bloody bastards don't deserve prison!!!!!!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-31 10:15

    Once you track them, do us a favour and go the mob-justice route.

      Lorenzo - 2012-01-31 11:31

      Yes I agree… they should get beaten to within an inch of their lives… then sent to jail where they spend life behind bars being raped

  • Larry - 2012-01-31 10:18

    A prime reason why we are still a third world country and will remain so. Condolences to the family and friends.

      Dewald - 2012-01-31 15:36

      The Government does not want to deal with it Full stop. Same with Rhino poaching and copper theft. How easy would it be to implement a law where only big instution may buy copper. Maybe proof of ID and certificate where the copper comes from Or giving game farmers the right to legaly trade rhino horn. It only takes 8 months for the horn to grow back any way. Supply would boom, prices will drop snd the animals would be saved. But hey the government doesnt really care about anyone money is GOD. As soon as you guys face the fact that the ANC is a liberation movement and not a government the quicker we can move on.

  • annemarie.kleynhans1 - 2012-01-31 10:22

    This happens on a daily basis but you only hear bits and pieces in the media. Whole families are wiped out but it's swept in under the carpet.

  • masiela.Rudluv - 2012-01-31 10:22

    nd these mthafckas are still walking around free!!

  • annemarie.kleynhans1 - 2012-01-31 10:24

    This happens on a daily basis but you only hear bits and pieces about it in the media. Whole families are wiped out but this information in never disclosed to the general public....

  • Herman - 2012-01-31 10:26

    Once again a contributer of SA's society has been murdered by the consumer of SA, by someone who doesn't give a d@mn about life. One man one vote is the worst thing ever to happen to SA.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-01-31 10:30

    Welcome to the new South Africa run by a bunch bigots and followed by COWARDS, attacking an old man.Do the relevent ministers care to comment on this act,and if so , do they have a solution to prevent such.Condolences to the berieved family.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-31 10:34

    I cannot believe that no-one understands what is happening with these farm murders. This is nothing short of a terrorist war which is being condoned by the government to force farmers to get off the land. They did it in the Congo, in Zambia and in Zimbabwe and there is no difference to what is happening here. The government dismantled the farm commando units and replaced them with rural police support which has to services hundreds of square kilometers which is totally inadequate. This situation doesn't need the Police, it needs the defence force to be deployed to patrol and protect these vast areas that the Police cannot adequately patrol. Bring back the farm commando and agricalert systems like we had in the past. At least that way, a farmer has a slightly better chance of protecting himself and his community. I hope the farmers catch them and hang them before the Police find them. My deepest sympathies to the family and to every other farmer that has been made to endure this burden.

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-31 10:35

    I hope the scumbags get arrested and dealt with. Condolences to the Cilliers family, sounds like he was a great man.

  • Matt - 2012-01-31 10:36

    Stop complaining and do something about it! Yours Sincerely A scared youth.

  • Peter - 2012-01-31 10:36

    This sort of crime creates "wit wolwe" and "Skierlik" type murderers. These self same venge seekers then feed the creation of a few more of these kind of farm murderers. Nothing better to escalate the hate we have for one another. The circle of hate, continuously feeding itself, how can it be broken? Lovely country we live in ...

  • aardvarkie - 2012-01-31 10:39

    Condolences to the family :-( That poor Oupa. Maybe if the death penalty was around those three would have thought twice.

  • Mark - 2012-01-31 10:45

    I grew up in that area, where the horizon stretches to infinity under the bluest sky you have ever seen. Damn the politics that brings the poverty that feeds the hate that ends up in the slaughter of an old man who lives on his own. And damn the perpetrators. May they be hunted down and shot like the scavanging dogs they imitate so well.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-01-31 10:50

    What a gruesome, sad story:( What sort of scumbags do this to a human being?

  • Lee - 2012-01-31 10:51

    The way this poor man was killed just confirms they had hate for the whites. Why otherwise tie him up and then shoot him the way they did? It has to be because they have listened to Malema. And I'm sorry if any of you think differently because even if they were stoned and drunk, I think Malema's hate speachers have played a roll in this poor old mans death. What other reason for killing a poor old man.

  • drishworth - 2012-01-31 10:55

    We're a nation that is trying to build a future for itself regardless of race but it is hard when one reads of incidents like this to keep one's emotions in check. The article doesn't mention that the crime was perpetarted by balcks but because this seems to be the case 99% of the time we immediately assume that it is. The frequency of such senseless savagery perpetrated by black people against any human being - be they black, coloured, indian, white - makes it difficult not to have a negative perception of black people. Murders take place all over the world but SA seems to take the cake when it comes to a total lack of regard for human life. The Government too must have little regard for human life as it does little to address the problem. I despair for a nation that seems to have lost it's soul. A nation can not be built when all our energy is going into grieving..............

  • Peter - 2012-01-31 10:58

    Why is the media not making more of this? The SAPS need to track these cowards down and bring them to book. If this was an elderly black man murdered by three young white men there would be an outcry and the whole area would be crawling with cops. To SAPS and Govt, show the world that you dont tolerate this and get tough on farm attacks. I cant defend you for ever. Do a study on why this violence is happening and act on it?

      Brett - 2012-01-31 11:12

      We know one of the reasons why it is happening. The "suspended" youth "leader" encourages it.

  • Adri - 2012-01-31 11:01

    Call it what you want to call it. But the South African youth (their minds) are being corrupted and this is the direct Consequence of the BullCrap Malema is spreading.

  • Alphonso - 2012-01-31 11:02

    Dear Malema, this is what you cause by singing.I will pray for you.

      anthony.kleynhans - 2012-01-31 11:10

      so true maybe the law should take him as the perpetrator of all these crimes

  • Sandravz - 2012-01-31 11:04

    So sad...When will something be done?

  • Peter - 2012-01-31 11:06

    and what would we say if the attackers were white?

      Alfred Neumann - 2012-01-31 11:33

      I'd say that I'd give you a million bucks.

      Peter - 2012-01-31 11:47

      Like the limpopo monster

      Sharon - 2012-01-31 11:55

      Same punishment should apply...hang them

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 11:55

      You off topic now :-) You get monsters in every race and creed but that man, I believe have a couple of screws missing. That by the way was a family murder - NOTHING to do with the topic at hand.

      Peter - 2012-01-31 12:18

      happend in buhrmansdrift a few years ago (motive was probly different though). a search may show even more. Just because one is white does not mean one can not commit a farm murder. It is unlikely though. just like peadophiles seem mainly to be white old men.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 12:23 on earth was that racist? I did say MOST white people. NO WHERE did I mention blacks, they were not in question on the comment to the original poster (Peter). You just read what you want to read. Read right please!

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 12:29

      @Ubhejane: if you think I am a "racist white supremacist" then I would hope you NEVER run into a real one. I am so sick of your arrogance calling me a racist just because I am white. In our CULTURE we actually teach our children to RESPECT the people that put food on our table and we do not mention "remember only whites hey?" NO....ALL OF THEM : F A R M E R S

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 13:04

      *Sigh* Post deleted. Actually surprised, maybe I should "Report Comment" every post I don't agree with.

  • Jymiro - 2012-01-31 11:07

    Condolensces to Oom Boet's family and friends. One death is too many. This nonsense of killing of each other must come to an end. This hatred of each other which leads to these kinds of killings must come to an end. Lets justice take its course and these boys be prosecuted. Lets stop talking hate against each other in this forum, we are exposes each other to another death. Let us be a solution to a problem and finger pointing. Two wrongs does not make right. We are all South Africans, let's not see race or colour. When one human being is being murdered we need to all stand together and we are civilised people and know roght from wrong. Rest in Peace Oon Boet. A martry of note.

  • mpho.khiba - 2012-01-31 11:07

    this is a sad tragedy and may his soul rest in peace.... jope those perpatrators will be found an rot in jail... we don't need people like that in our communities

      Peter - 2012-01-31 12:19

      What a dignified comment

  • Andy - 2012-01-31 11:08

    The poor old man was an easy target, probably killed by current, or previous employees! What a sick country we live in.

      Monique - 2012-01-31 12:51

      No Andy, the article says the farmworkers found imposters... You would not believe it but these workers actually protect their livelihood as they know what will happen if the farmer dies-no food, no money, no house. On my uncles farm not far from Stella, the workers assulted a guy from some Union who was trying to convince them to join. He has never set foot there again. These people grew up together on this farm and they would protect it with their lives. They are also looked after. Not all farmers exploit their workers.

  • Jan-Paul - 2012-01-31 11:14

    If they find these poor excuses of people they should make an example.. Throw them full of fuel and lite them on fire!! This has gone on long enough! Better yet make an example of them a execute them with a live stream to the net!! To be a warning to all that this will not stand anymore!! Sometimes one needs to go above the law

      Herman - 2012-01-31 11:39

      Mathibela, how do you know so much about this? Did they miss you?

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 11:44

      @Mathibela...go drinks some beer with your are a racist through and through. If you cannot try to find a solution to a problem DO NOT be part of the problem...

      Jan-Paul - 2012-01-31 11:50

      These murders will not be happy until there is nothing left. Until this is a second zim and there is no food and people are starving.. Then they want assistance again because for some strange reason they cannot understand how they got into that situation in the first place

  • Chris - 2012-01-31 11:24

    Brutal bastards

  • Leon - 2012-01-31 11:27

    Us whites are following the same route as Zimbabwe

  • Oscar - 2012-01-31 11:28

    @iana: no farmers, no food - have to love it.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 12:56

      But it is true!

  • Errol - 2012-01-31 11:31

    Sad loss of life!Even sadder is that many will follow!!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-31 11:31

    RIP Oom..........hopefully justice will prevail (this time)and the murderers brought to book (hung)

  • The-third - 2012-01-31 11:32

    mother ******. I hope the farmers find them before the cops do. And then videotape the "punishment" and distribute the footage for all to see. Enough now.

      Jan-Paul - 2012-01-31 11:42

      A live execution will be better!! All we need is a task force that acts above the law. you may kill a farmer now but we will find you and execute you over live web casts. Something like this will make them think twice

  • Karabo - 2012-01-31 11:32

    Why? I don't understand why farmers are being killed.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 11:37

      see my previous post

  • Karabo - 2012-01-31 11:32

    Why? I don't understand why farmers are being killed.

      Peter - 2012-01-31 11:55

      There is greater crime and apartheid (caste system) in India and yet little violent crime. I understand that migrant labour from the past split families and values. Could that traditional tribal system be missing in these families. Mabye we need to restore corporal punishment at Tribal courts. Mabye our constitution is too liberal, too western in certain aspects. We need debate on this. It wont be long before the criminals affect everyone if we dont speak up for this victim. One day the victim may be you and there may be nobody left to speak up for you.

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-31 11:34

    Notice that all posts from Morne and people replying to him have received thumb downs. We know of course that these would be "comrade-in-arms" of the murderers, and are as such inciting hate crimes. How low can you get for indicating that the murders was Ok becuase it was a white farmer in his 70's? That is what a thumbs down intimates to me!

  • David - 2012-01-31 11:41

    Drugs the scourge of our society. Shame on all you trade and use these drugs, all the ills, murder, highjacking, rape, rhino poaching, piracy are more than likely connected to the drug and underground world. Another good South African lost in our community.

  • Piet - 2012-01-31 11:41

    thats why i left 15 years ago

      Herbert - 2012-01-31 12:02

      Good for you Piet, I realise how big your decision to leave must have been, but stay put, we in South Africa are sliding down further into a low IQ third world country that will eventually become what the incompetent non-compoops that govern us will achieve. Oh, the ignorance and stupidity!!!! Yes, indeed, "Cry The Beloved Country".

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 11:42

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!!!! When will the anc DO something to protect our farmers or is this paert of the plan?????

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 11:46

      Sadly it seems that way Shirley.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-31 11:43

    The sad thing is that the ANC tossers won't do a thing to sort this out - it's deemed acceptable behavior/punishment for the sins of the aparthate years. I have just one question - who is going to grow our much needed crops when all the farmers are dead.....?

      Shirley - 2012-01-31 12:17

      Judging by the thumbs down to all those against these murders,there are a LOT who agree with them!

  • Herbert - 2012-01-31 11:51

    So sad, the barbaric new South Africa. Tourists, please stay away! Will someone for once please check the accounts of these murderers; even though they "might" go to jail, their family or relatives get a stash of Rands as compensation for their heroic contribution to the "cleansing" of South Africa. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE DEVILS AMONGST US!!!!!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-31 11:53

    This is crime. I don't want to call these people animals because animals are mostly well behaved, except for a few rogue ones here and there. I dispute that the so called humans who did these things have an agenda. These are the same people who rape and pillage in the black communities. Now they have seen that black people do not suffer in silence, instead they mete out the most horrible form of justice in the form of a burning tyre around the neck of a sadistic criminal.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-31 11:56

    What monsters. I hope the filth gets caught and hanged by the balls. Nobody deserves to die the way this poor old man did. Condolences to his family. Buphi ubuntu?

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-01-31 11:57


  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-31 11:59

    ...and still most whites think a seperate homeland is not needed? Call me racist if you want, but not an idiot who cannot see facts and act on reality.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-31 12:08

    Please tell me this is NOT a hate crime?!?! If this kind of thing happened in any other country around the world, there would immediately be a high level investigation into this, but no, we treat it as just another "wit boer" shot!! F@*king savages!!! I wish all hell rains down on these people that perpetrate these crimes!!

  • Gill - 2012-01-31 12:13

    Seriously - what threat is a 77 year old, harmless man to two or more attackers!!!Disgusting!! sick b@stards.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-31 12:17

    My deepest condolences to the family. What a cowerdice act committed to a pensioner. Targeting farmers is a wrong move by criminals and SA should condemn this. Agriculture is still the pillar of our economy and the feeder of our surging food basket. Many illiterate blacks work in farms and if the farms shut down where would they work? Do you think if someone goes to a farm looking for a job wouldn't be shot? For their safety they may strike first. There is also a lot of inside job. Farmers should be strategic when hiring their employees and this should include the issuing of staff cards. Any intruder without a staff card would be suspicious at sight. They must also stay away from hiring people who never declared their citizenship status and there must be coordination with civics and traditional leaders on that.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-01-31 12:42