Man drives for help after being shot 3 times

2012-08-29 21:02

East London - A man was arrested on Wednesday after being linked to two farm attacks in Brakfontein, outside East London, Eastern Cape police said.

The 24-year-old was arrested when items stolen during the robberies on Monday and Wednesday were recovered, Captain Stephen Marais said.

A search was under way for his accomplice.

Two men shot and wounded a 58-year-old farmer on his farm at about 01:30 on Wednesday morning. They stole four firearms and fled.

Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape MPL Bobby Stevenson named the farmer as Gary Rudy, and said he was shot three times.

The police said he drove to a neighbour, from where he was taken to hospital.

His family had told the police he was having a bullet removed from his lower abdomen, Marais said.

Investigations led police to a man appearing in the East London Magistrate's Court on a housebreaking charge.

He was questioned and arrested when the firearms were found. Police would not disclose where the items were recovered.

Six stolen firearms, one of which was used in the attack on Rudy, and laptops, were among the items recovered.

Marais said it had been established that some of the items were stolen in an attack on a woman, who was tied up and robbed at a farm in same area on Monday.

The man would appear in the East London Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, housebreaking, theft and possession of stolen property.

Stevenson said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had not done enough to respond to the DA's calls for the establishment of rural safety units.

"We believe that it is imperative that a specialised rural safety division of the [SA Police Service] be established," he said.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-29 21:11

    Rural policing is underfunded and undersupplied with officers. I don't think our Minister of Police knows what good policing is nor the national commissioner

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-29 23:44

      The ANC dismantled the commando system which protected the farms. Why? So that this exact thing could happen. They want to get rid of all the farmers and take their lands. There are only 12000 farmers left now. Thanks ANC!

      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-08-30 07:51

      Just hang the idiot then he's out of the way

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-29 21:17

    MAN Nathi doesn't believe there's anything wrong anywhere in the country!!! He will never heed the call of help from the DA regardless of lives lost why must the ANC be so stubborn the farmers need help they deserve it they feed the country and pay their taxes!!! Wish we could all just work together

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-08-29 22:45

      Yes but we should let the attackers off lightly because it was an attack on a farm and not a farm attack.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-08-30 14:31

      New word ....fanc'd up ...the police, and a long list of other working services that have been fancd up .

  • incrediblesolv - 2012-08-29 21:29

    Its time an actual Police Trained person was the top cop, not a political appointee

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-08-30 09:13

      Every position in this country is a political appointee or a friend or a person who has to be rewarded for loyalty, or a relative. That's what has caused the country to go down hill so fast we will not be able to stop the rot!!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-29 21:30

    This wont end until we end it for ourselves..the ANC will not do anything to help the farming community this will all be brought to the proper attention at the right time!

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-08-29 22:47

      I agree, farmers must become more militant and shoot first, ask questions later. They know they are being targeted so how come do they get caught out so often? Lay off the Klippies & coke and keep your guns handy.

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-30 08:07

      If the farmers have to shoot first and ask questions later, they will simply be made out to be cruel or didn't pay wages or too little wages or they were abused and raped by the farmers. Some of the convenient excuses being used on a daily basis. So what excuses next?

      Ian Forsyth - 2013-06-12 07:23

      Sorry to say Ou Maat - in a few days when Mandela dies there WILL be a spike of butchering for awhile - and not just the farmers - -

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-08-29 21:37

    And our friend Nathi also denies the existance of Farm Attakcs, this is equal to denying the holocaust. Good work DA, keep applying the pressure.

  • Madhi - 2012-08-29 21:41

    Only an iron fist will solve crime, not hugs. Poverty as a reason is not good enough, otherwise SA would be the safest in Africa and mozambique or Malawi would be the most violent. Clearly they are much safer, so the bs about poverty being the cause is lunacy. True most criminals are poor but not all poor people are criminals, that's evidence talking, not emotions.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-29 21:54

    "The man would appear in the East London Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, housebreaking, theft and possession of stolen property". And possession of ilegal and unlicense fire arms.Please charge them for this as well.

  • zebedee.kok - 2012-08-29 22:37

    bring back the commandos

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-08-30 03:15

    This is a silent genocide.. Almost 3000 farmers have been murdered and tortured and the whole world cries at our 34 mineworkers shot {in cold blood which is bad enough} EINA!!

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-08-30 09:23

      The true story of how the mine workers were eventually shot at, will put this to bed. If a person charges at me with a panga and I have a gun in my hand, I will also shoot, that's for sure. Our farmers need protection the Government cannot even guarantee ordinary citizens, because it is unable to govern efficiently. 1 farmer produces food for 6000 people. 3000 farmers could have produced food for 18 million. That is the reality of this genocide!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-30 06:02

    And the ethnic cold war that we dont belive is happening carries on.

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-08-30 07:21

    i'm surprised that they have not set up these 'rural police units' yet. what are they waiting for? it's almost as if they want this to happen so they can redistribute the land to the poor masses.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2012-08-30 09:29

      They are prolonging not to act against the genocide of the farmers, just to get ready for the take-over Malema has been advocating. If it happens this way the world will not be able to shout "FOUL"! That is why the mines are also targeted. Watch my words!!!!

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2012-08-30 09:09

    When, in heaven's name, is the world going to realise what is going on here - when it is too late? Where are the protesting multitude against "Apartheid" now? Genocide is the order of the day all over the world is seems. Is this the solution some people have come up with to solve the over-populated planet? Nothing has been done with the genocide in Zimbabwe, so why should any one worry about all the farmers being attacked, maimed, and brutally murdered, when they are the people whose produce can feed up to 6 000 people! This has got to stop!

  • karen.l.tessendorf - 2012-08-30 12:30

    I am this mans sister, and for your information, his doors were locked. He did not use his money to purchase these firearms as they were left to him by my late father. His guns were all locked in gun safes. He was shot, locked in the boot of his car and then dragged out and had a gun pointed to his head and forced to open the safes. He is renting the farm it is not his own, and not everybody can afford security cameras and fancy surveilance equipment. No man should have to feel unsafe in his own home, and he is a man who trusts everybody, no matter what race or colour. These men that shot him, should be given over to the family and tortured the same way that they tortured my brother. Why are we not allowed to live our lives peacefully and not have to worry about having to be locked up with security bars and alarms. Today we all have to live like prisoners in our own homes. Years ago, we could all leave our doors unlocked and did not have to have unsightly burglar bars blocking our views from our windows. So before you pass anymore comments, get the story right. Years ago our family used to look so forward to walking down the street at night and doing some window shopping.... can we still do that today???? NO, because all the shops have to bar there windows with shutter doors to prevent them from being robbed. So are you actually saying that it is his own fault that he was attacked?

      Ian Forsyth - 2013-06-12 07:28

      Our very deepest condolences to you -truly !

  • Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-08-30 12:40

    The fact that the government is not doing anything about this shows that they want this to happen. They want white farmers to be killed so that they can take the land. One black guy gets shot by a farmer and he is called a racist. A white farmer gets shot by a black guy and the motive is theft or even unknown, never a racist attack - ridiculous!!

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-09-01 18:01

    Most dangerous job in the world is not a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan but a simple farmer in SA!!!

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