Farmer shot dead for R700, cellphones

2011-02-21 08:03

Bloemfontein - Murdered Free State farmer Helgard Muller, 66, was still breathing when his youngest son, Helgard jnr, found him after he was shot in the head during a robbery on Saturday.

The police and an ambulance were called after the attack but Muller, from the farm Mara in the Frankfort district, died on the way to a hospital in Vereeniging. The attack happened four days after his birthday.

Muller jnr said on Sunday that his mother, Marietjie, who is confined to a wheelchair, and their domestic worker were held up on Saturday morning, gagged and tied up with shoelaces and then left in different rooms.

“They (the robbers) asked my mother for the safe keys and said they wanted money.”


Police spokesperson Captain Harry Nagel said the men were armed with a firearm and a stick.

Muller snr had gone to check on his cattle earlier that morning, returning about two hours later.

The robbers were waiting for him. They shot him before fleeing in his Isuzu bakkie with R700 and cellphones which they had stolen.

The domestic worker managed to free herself and Mrs Muller.

Muller jnr said he had been adjusting the irrigation, and as he got close to the house, the domestic worker called him. He found his father in the passage of the farmstead.

Free State Agriculture (FSA) contingency plan was activated, and the organisation’s intelligence service worked with farmers and the police to find the suspected murderers.

Three arrested

The bakkie was found deserted on a gravel road near Frankfort and two men, aged 19 and 32, both from Orangeville, and a 25-year-old woman from Frankfort were arrested.

The police found the revolver with which Muller was allegedly shot in the young woman’s house.

“I don’t have the words to describe how I feel,” an emotional Muller jnr said.

“You won’t find a better guy. He wouldn’t walk past a single person without greeting them.”

According to Muller jnr, there was nothing his father wouldn’t have done for his children. His workers also loved him and are in shock over his death.

Nagel said the suspects will appear in the magistrate’s court in Frankfort on Monday.

  • wattalotokak - 2011-02-21 08:08

    How long are we going to sit and do the commenting on news24 while these people bleed???

      Smaal - 2011-02-21 08:15

      Till the whites have nothing left to lose and they stand up as one to fight.

      exocist - 2011-02-21 09:14

      how did the robbers know there was a safe?how come the domestic manage to untie herself so soon after the robbers left? and why were they left in different rooms so the old lady could not see the domestic tied up properly?just wondering

      AJ - 2011-02-21 10:04

      @Ian, Actually it's much less than that even, Ian - tragically.

      Mundu - 2011-02-21 20:18

      Arm yourselves and start the fight. - 2011-03-11 10:08

      I used to live on a farm with my parents. We were forced to leave as a squatter camp basically formed and grew overnight! They were right next to our electric fence. They were digging holes under our electric fence and stealing the cattle, pigs and their 'dogs' were finding ways of getting in and killing our animals. They also quite frankly said that it was now their land and if we wanted to be safe they suggest we leave. So the farm that we could once run around on at night, go horse riding during the day...was no more. we were FORCED to leave as the government said they couldnt force the squatters to leave. Going back to check on the farm 5 years after leaving, it has become this dirty, over crowded farm, when before it was the most beautiful place ever.

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-04 14:10 You know, one day when all this is over - and it will be - you can claim the farm back. Just make sure to never loose proof that it was your parens' farm :-) When the UN takes over SA, they won't care about skin colour, but the proof of ownership!

  • mrsesom - 2011-02-21 08:17

    J.M. must be as happy as a pig in shit...

  • Neutral-brow - 2011-02-21 08:25

    this story sounds like a planned hit...

  • Mikea - 2011-02-21 08:25

    Just another Good honest person lost. Bring them back to the town and let the residents kill them in the most inhumane way possible.

  • 106106sa - 2011-02-21 08:38

    R700 or R7000 does not matter.There is a campaign to murder white farmers...simple!!!! How else will the anc get the farms in this country.Unless someone stands up and does something about these attacks,it'll end up in genocide(half way there already).During the Zim farm invasions a max of 50 people were murdered.In SA since 1994 over 3000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1eye - 2011-02-21 08:59

      There is a 3rd force in these murders. This is planned objective to drive white farmers off the land I think the correct death number is closer to 1800, nevertheless even 1 is 1 to many

      Nice Guy - 2011-02-21 09:53

      There is no campaign to murder anyone. Everyone is being murdered. Stop watching the History channel.

  • anti crime - 2011-02-21 08:43

    Farmers MUST take this in their own hands....this is truly an organized thing by a higher power somewhere....i am not a farmer but please guys...u farmers need to watch each other...plz plz..

      Ian - 2011-02-21 08:50

      Bring back the "kommando" system. Even if they have to go underground to survive. The police and legal system certainly can't cope and are hopelessly inept in any case.

  • ratex - 2011-02-21 08:44

    The thing that really grates me is that even if these inbred hicks are caught, they still get the right to vote, they still get a tv and m-net and at worst they get a little slap on the wrist from the gov't. Captial offences should be an immediate death sentence simple. You have no rights when you are a criminal, none. You gave these rights up when you committed the crime. And to curb our overpriced and underskilled labour force, get these criminals to build our roads, dig the trenches for buildings etc. This kind of murder is senseless and will eventually spark some kind of 5th Ammenmdment

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-21 08:52

    This is a blatant FARM ATTACK and FARM MURDER! The media must not try and 'water it down' or down-tune it as cell-phone theft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      fudzee - 2011-02-21 09:03

      If it was being watered down surely they wouldn't have mentioned the word farm/farmer so many times?

  • Smindlo - 2011-02-21 08:52

    disgusting. sickening. bloody savages.

  • Shane - 2011-02-21 08:55

    thats what i say we should have done these murderous swine dogs , by catch and hang them . sommer net so

  • honeytheron - 2011-02-21 08:55

    was my nephew...don't they have any intregrity...what kind off people r they...may God have mercy on them!!!

      Felix - 2011-02-21 15:14

      Condolences :(. But I do hope they have to face justice before they can feel any mercy from God.

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-21 08:58

    the anc genocide continues.....

  • - 2011-02-21 08:59

    And so these monsters continue their reign of systematically killing farmers....dear God, when will this horror stop? WHEN?? WHEN will the useless 'leaders' realise SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE???! Sadly, 'the writing is on the wall' for this country....

  • Gwen - 2011-02-21 09:05

    Why did they sit and wait for the farmer? Because they are told to "shoot the Boer". This is way out of control and something MUST be done.

  • dvdb27 - 2011-02-21 09:06

    I find it very interesting that none of the TV news channels report on these murders. There have been 3 in the last week and a half across the country but there have been no visual or on site reports. But Enews can drive halfway up a mountain in Msinga at a very near 90' angle to do a report on a 91 year old Zulu woman's pension money that is being stolen by officials at the end of each month... The media has already been muzzled. What I also find interesting is that you do not see nor hear any black people, whether it be in parliament or on the street, standing up and condemning the actions of their brothers. If these were white guys murdering 3 black businessman every week and a half, the country would have grunted to a halt ages ago with anarchy being the order of the day...

      Tc - 2011-02-21 09:16

      Of course they will not? SABC and even other official news channels report only 'good' news, even if they fabricate it.

      Icepick - 2011-02-21 09:18

      So true! The imbalance and disparity is blindingly clear. It's time.. - 2011-02-21 09:46

      So true dvdb27! Makes one wonder...can you just IMAGINE the darned outcry if it was white on black murder... ANY [and I repeat ANY!]murder is one too many, be it black or white, but white farmers are systematically being murdered by black monstrous thugs! WHY?

      dvdb27 - 2011-02-21 10:08

      @ - I agree, I condemn the murder and ill treatment of any person, no matter their skin colour. This was not a planned robbery, it was a planned murder, the aim was to kill, the farmer was shot in the head. NEWS24, this is not a robbery, this is an attack!

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 14:09

      "What I also find interesting is that you do not see nor hear any black people, whether it be in parliament or on the street, standing up and condemning the actions of their brothers" because YOUR brothers fill the websites with hate speech referring to us as primates and inbred dogs! The killings are wrong but I won't be drawn in to anything supported by racists, black or white! - 2011-02-21 21:16

      @Thangy..facts are facts...white farmers ARE being murdered. How can one NOT see it as racist attacks on white farmers? It is what it is...sadly...

  • Tc - 2011-02-21 09:13

    It is heart-breaking! What are we waiting for? Who are we waiting for? Does anybody really care enough to do something? How many farmers have been murdered since Willemientjie with her pink ribon was shot in the back of th head at te end of last year? Who is next?

  • Picasso - 2011-02-21 09:15

    White farmers are getting killed on a daily basis, but when you say something you're labeled a racist. Maybe it is time to stop worrying about what people label you as and call a spade a spade.

  • JS - 2011-02-21 09:16

    This will be stopped! If you have had enough like thousands of others, join Boere Krisis Aksie (BKA) on Facebook NOW... We will take the streets and make sure the Government understands how serious we are about our farmers!

  • Matt - 2011-02-21 09:22

    This is disgusting, people like that should be made an example of, hang them in a public square or stone them to death, we can let them chose. 2nd of third farm murder in as many weeks, what the hell is happening to this society.

  • Matt - 2011-02-21 09:25

    Its time to take the into our own hands, because no 1 else is going to give a damn, Malemas song has had a very apparent effect on the african community, tell me farm murders havent increased since he sang that revolutionary song, what a baboon

  • ronbonjon - 2011-02-21 09:30

    WHere are all you pro-Government supporters, and pro-malema N24 commentators now? Scared shitless, scumbags. Bring back the death penalty and set an example.

  • exocist - 2011-02-21 09:32

    why don't farmers advertise on gumtree or in the papers for young folk who are unemployed to come live with them on these isolated farmsteads? they can help with the farming and be armed, like a mini kibutz, and if the farmer is wealthy he could build these youngsters a small house next to his, the more people on the farm the less dangerous, it's a small price to pay for your protection and restfull sleep at night,you can even introduce guard duty at night FARMERS SHOULD START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX EVEN PUSH UP THE PRICE OF THIER PRODUCE TO COVER THESE SECURITY FINANCES then the blame for price hikes can be blamed on the goverment for not doing their duty

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-21 09:52


      WPWW - 2011-02-21 12:04

      You would be justified in hiring non AA candiates only as you can prove that every farm murder was committed by AA qualifying candidates. Thus you are unlikely to be murdered by an 'inside job'. Bet the equalty court would have a field day with this one.

  • craig.joseph2 - 2011-02-21 09:38

    This is silent genocide. 30 000 farmers killed since 1994 and counting. The government sits idly by and watches as more and more of our farmers are murdered. Their silence is quiet approval of the brutal execution of innocent people.

  • The horse - 2011-02-21 09:42

    enough is enough, the penalty of farm killing must be revisited and reconsidered, we can't have this going on forever, please match for wage increase, it time we south african matched against the killing of farmers, what i can't understand is the way this issues is being handled as if is not that important,the governement is failing the people of this country. farmers produce the necessities of sustaining our lives. to all the farmers and their families please write some momerundum of safety and present it to the goverment and in the mean time please train some of your trusted workers to be securty officers onj your farms and should shot to kill, i am disgusted my the behaviour of my people

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-21 09:53

      You make a lot of sense :)

  • Carolyn - 2011-02-21 09:50

    Time for the ANC to go, Mandela and Zuma and Malema to go, they are holding the country to ransom, all they want is more land, more money, and dont care how it is obtained. So what if they are killing us, that only makes us more determined to get rid of the bastards, Vote me for President and I will personally see that they rot on their lovely Robben Island.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-21 11:47

      Where to?

      Neutral-brow - 2011-02-21 15:27

      1966 -Sharpville massacre, 1976 School children killed... we can go back and back... white ppl killed a lot of black ppl. Some documented, some not... but u dnt hear us saying julle moet by holland terug gaan... so stop trying to play God condemning blacks. You should be lashing criminals not their race... be civilized and your life might just be spared!

      Liquid-Silence - 2011-04-19 06:50

      @Neutral-brow yes but let a white kill a black person and its a racist attack. More whites are getting murdered in a month then blacks in year. Smell the coffee chop.

      So What? - 2011-05-01 18:57

      @ Neutral-brow - remember please that the Sharpeville incident was by the security forces and so the 1976 riots. Althoug Sharpeville seems to have been a massive error of judgement, most of those killed in 1976 were not killed only by white members of the security forces - there were Indian, Coloured and Balck members serving in the riot units and military as well - not one of the two incidents were by whites going around and entering homesteads of blacks in their rural areas and killing them as is the case now. Those members of the security forces who killed in the riots mostly shot at members who were committing first schedule crimes and were trying to either protect lives or property - again not just indiscriminate killing for self gain as is the case now. Even now, cases of whites killing blacks does not even come on par to the number of whites killed by blacks. And no-one is condemning blacks as a race, it is the lawlessness that is being exhibited by mostly blacks, and it is this criminal element that is unfortunately resulting in decent blacks being labelled along with them.

  • denlyn - 2011-02-21 09:52

    Death penalty!!! It must be carried out in a public place so that these people that have no respect for life can see what will happen to them. Hung behind bars they dont believe.

  • julien.biccardoliveira - 2011-02-21 09:57

    This is disgusting. These farmers are feeding all of us, doesnt matter which race or colour. What are we going to do when we have no farmers left?

  • M'hlanka - 2011-02-21 09:58

    If this is nationalisation of farms, I wonder how nationalisation of mines will be?

      dvdb27 - 2011-02-21 10:18

      Or even the nationalisation of personal assets and bank accounts - don't think your BMW and Dainfern estate will be spared... The masses are waiting, watching. And the best moment for this to happen will be during a similar event such as the Libyan and Egyptian protests. Petrol bombs, burning tyres and other related mass attacks on suburban homes, businesses and citizens will be the order of the day. Not friendly chanting and dancing in Nelson Mandela square... What we saw happen to the Portuguese in Angola and the English in Zimbabwe, is now imminent in South Africa. There is a very thin line at the moment between total anarchy and stability. The ANC government and even the DA led Western Cape must now be extra attentive in this round of political poker...

  • gekraaktehoof - 2011-02-21 10:56

    Just another racist murder well planned after 2010 World cup black on white murders escalated by 70%. While the World cup was running the murders went down to 2% so who in the government did gave the orders?

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-21 10:58

    This is an ANC initiative

      Neutral-brow - 2011-02-21 15:35

      and DA in partnership! viva DA!

  • diana.dhd - 2011-02-21 11:23

    He was my mother's own brother. I just pray to God that He will heal our wounds. And for someone to wake up, in Government, to start doing something about the death penalty!

  • Expat - 2011-02-21 11:45

    Forget the death penalty, will never happen. If the murderers had been white and the victims black then the death penality would have beeb firmly in place.

      Neutral-brow - 2011-02-24 09:08

      lmao... u white folks are funny. U must remember that death penalty was designed to eliminate blacks in SA back in the days. And yes... talk is cheap, stop whining and moaning and b!tching and take a stand and do something

  • Ronel van Zyl - 2011-02-21 13:09

    We cry for each farmer murdered in South Africa!! Condolences to the family for their huge loss.

  • Enna - 2011-02-24 08:48

    I knew this man - I knows his wife and children - how do one comnfort them with this big loss - open your eyes whites in this frikken country - zuma can not take the land like his brother mugabe - thats why he sits back and do nothing about the white farmers that get killed - that is his way of taking the land - wake up people how many more farmers must be killed before we do something - kill the bastards first

  • zulufox - 2011-03-04 12:50

    ONe less vote for DA...

  • edis_pilF - 2011-03-09 12:30

    Why did they call the police?

  • Andrew - 2011-05-01 17:30

    What will all the ANC "comrades" eat once they have allowed all the farmers to be murdered. The "comrades" still uphold tribal value systems which result in subsistance farming, so as is Zim, life sustaining farms feeding millions will be replaced by squatters "farming" for their own meagre existances living in shacks built from the ruins of the farmers houses they destroy. Ah, the story of Africa, why is it so hard to learn from history. Rich countries plundered, ruled by despots who take all foreign aid for their personal gain while the country ends up more impoverished than when colonised. Freedom is not always about the right to vote, it is also about the right to be free from crime, free from poverty, free from poor services, free from corrupt officials, free from lawlessness, free from third world standards. The "comrades" will never be truely free, they simply don't have the foresight to see where this will end, it is all very sad. They believe that they are still in the "struggle"?

  • RiRo1 - 2011-05-04 14:30

    If all this killings happened in ANY other country in the world, the convicted person will either be sentenced to life imprisonment without bail chances, OR put on death row, OR even stoned... It's when the justice systems are being owned by bad people, that these people get away with it and believe they can do what they want whenever they want... and they do. If there are no consequence for your actions, then you will be morally impaired. Any psycologist will be able to tell you this. It's human nature. Given bounderies and discipline and a human will thrive, but take that away from the human, and he will self-destruct. You see it with most children today that are allowed to do what they want. They have no respect for anyone or anything. That can easily become no respect for a life. If a nation is allowed to be morally impaired, they will self-destruct. There is no arguing this fact. You see it everywhere. All over the world. It just does more damage when it's on a national scale. It's difficult to stay positive about this beautiful country. Many wish this will change, but I think it will take more than a century to get this country to a working system. Even if the UN takes over. Whole generations have to be died out first - age wise, ok - and whole generations should be taught respect for a country. As long as each generation tells their young about the bad past, this will never happen. The hatred won't die out and thus also the no-respect for a human life.

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-04 14:46

      Lol, psycologists will put all the South-Africans in straight jackets if they got the chance!!! LOL Argue that :-D

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