Farmer shot dead while changing tyre

2012-01-13 10:06

Johannesburg - The family of a Pretoria farmer who was shot dead in front of them 10 days ago, say the police have still not taken statements from them.

Hans Huyser, 50, was killed in front of his wife and grandchild while he and a friend changed a flat tyre on the N4 highway near Brits.

Huyser, his wife Cindy, 48, granddaughter Jessica, 10, and nephew Deon Graff, 15, went to Sun City with friends Danie Niemand, 53, and his wife Charmaine, 49, on January 2.

The Huysers farm at Onderstepoort and the Niemands live in Petronella.

On the way back to Pretoria that evening they hit a pothole, which caused both tyres on the driver’s side of the Niemands’ car to go flat.

Flat tyre

Niemand and Huyser decided to first change just one tyre with the spare wheel and to continue driving slowly until the flat tyre could no longer go on, then to change the spare wheel and the flat tyre and continue driving with the other flat tyre.

At about midnight they had to stop a second time on the N4 highway near Brits, to change the spare tyre and the one flat tyre.

“We stopped under a big light. There was no one and no cars,” said Cindy Huyser.

“Meanwhile, they [the attackers] sat in the grass, waiting like hyenas. We would never have gotten out if I had thought it was unsafe. We stopped in bright light.”

Niemand was unscrewing the bolts of the front tyre while Huyser was hoisting the car.

Their wives and Jessica were pouring cooldrinks at the boot.

Three men then jumped over the barrier next to the road.

Pulled the trigger

“When the men reached us, Hans got up. One man reached into his pants and took out a gun,” said Niemand.

“He pointed the firearm at me and pulled the trigger. I ran away. He fired two more shots.

“I fell in the road and lost consciousness for a few seconds. When I came to, I jumped up and stopped three cars.”

Meanwhile the man who shot at Niemand, went back to Huyser, who hit him with the car jack. He then shot Huyser three times in the chest.

One man loosened his pants and told Huyser’s wife to go and lie down in the bushes. She swore at him and ran to her husband.

The men took Huyser’s cellphone and Niemand’s wife’s handbag in the car and walked off.

“Hans looked at me with those blue eyes of his,” said Cindy.

“I helped him lie down and breathed into his mouth. When the paramedic arrived at the scene, she felt his pulse and said he was dead.”

North West police spokesperson Captain Adéle Myburg said police would investigate allegations about statements that had not been taken.

  • Osman Bux - 2012-01-13 10:11

    What a stupid image to link with the article. Who comes up with this s**t ?

      crazearte - 2012-01-13 10:24

      i cant see your problem, only a demonstration by the person who was there.

      Eric - 2012-01-13 10:47

      Really?? Is that what bothers you about this story? The picture? OMMFG!

  • John - 2012-01-13 10:13

    OK rob someone, but do you have to destroy everybodys lives with this mindless violence on unarmed people.

      Grace - 2012-01-13 10:29

      No, it's not "OK" to rob anyone, just as it's not OK to attack or kill helpless people on the highways

      Lordwick - 2012-01-13 10:45

      @Type RSA,don't racialise everything.this is totally unacceptable and wish that it can happen to one of the politicians immediate families so that they can feel the pain we going through as the law abiding citizens.If you thinking of fighting back,you will kill me because am black?I am responsible South African not a racist.This doesnt have anything to do with race.We are all concerned and worried!!!

      Peter - 2012-01-13 12:30

      @Lordwick, I like your attitude - everybody is pissed off with these scumbags. @TypeRSA Thanks for your correction to the earlier post - clears things up and explains your comment, thanks.

  • Gareth - 2012-01-13 10:14

    Cops not taking statements........ This is happening way to often now. RIP Huyser

      Kala - 2012-01-13 11:15

      I suspect is because 1) They can't write or 2) they're to lazy to write.

      Sharon - 2012-01-13 17:18

      they are probably trying to find a cop that can read and write - this will take looooooong time

      Gail - 2012-01-14 14:29

      Unable to write and spell perhaps due to poor education and good contacts?

  • John - 2012-01-13 10:26

    More police efficiency... I'm sure they "hot on the heels of the perpetrators" and that there arrest is "imminent". Just hope the press don't leak info on this investigation. OOPS.. sorry I forgot. There is no investigation.

      Albert - 2012-01-13 11:29

      We whites are too complacent.We think like in the aparheid years nothing can happen to us.So we believe the sheiste government will protect us.When they came with the firearms law we all ran to the nearest copstation to hand in our protection,because it was too much trouble to get a legal license.I will never venture on a Gauteng road without a firearm.It`s like going to war without a weapon.

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-13 12:49

      Unfortunately with all that is going on with the cops (corruption etc) for all we know these "highjackers" could even be cops.

  • The-third - 2012-01-13 10:35

    ******************** worthless low-lives.

  • Margaret - 2012-01-13 10:35

    The police were not in the mood for work they were making arrangement to attend the ANC celerations bash. This kind of thing has happened to a lot of families and it's really sad. They say, the wheel turns, so I hope that, what they did to this family and others, comes back to haunt them.

      Moss - 2012-01-13 14:32

      Condolences to the family, a sad story indeed. Margaret, to link this to ANC just goes to show the hatred you have for a black man in his land!!

      Gail - 2012-01-14 14:45

      @moziz - Linking it to black men is inevitable since the population demographics would tend to show that a much higher % of blacks commit this type of crime than whites do. Racism is a 2 way street and calling someone a racist for making a statement merely tells us that you are one yourself. I don't see every black person as a crook and I also understand why we shouldn't bring back the death penalty. If my brown housekeeper who is not mixed blood by the way comments on another housekeeper walking down the street that "Joh! that woman is really black! I wouldn't want to be so black." does this make her a racist? If not why not? People have all kinds of different features - I used to be obsessed about my large nose and thought everyone talked about me as that skinny girl with the big nose. This was mostly in my head although it did describe me. I allowed it to ruin my life by building walls aainst all people with small noses. Then I had plastic surgery and tore down the walls and realised I was my own jailer all that before time. When I look at the FEW remaining pics of me with that nose today I realise that it may well have aged better than the one I paid for. As South Africans we need to do the same thing and stop accepting what others say if we know it isn't true and make up our own minds about good governance etc etc. I am not intimidated by name calling - that's for kids. Maturity is when you take responsibility for the truth.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-13 10:35

    Why do we only here of this attack 10 day later???

  • Enoak - 2012-01-13 10:38

    On a serious note! What can I/WE do to stop these killings?

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-01-13 10:59

      You would think to drive in a group will deter this kind of thing but clearly it does not, they are arrogant and hell bend on killing and raping. Police force need to be better trained (dont know if they receive any training at present) and bring death penalty back

      Deon - 2012-01-13 11:06

      If possible don't drive at night.

      Leon - 2012-01-13 11:21

      Kill killers!

      Albert - 2012-01-13 11:34

      Arm yourself and go for shooting practice and don`t be scared to use it.If they don`t want to bring back the death penalty we will do it.

      Moss - 2012-01-13 14:37

      hendrik, you belong to Roma people in France!!

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-01-13 10:39

    And as for Kotze.....boet, I hope they fist you with a butcher's knife in prison. (sorry if offended, but that's how it is)

  • Sharon - 2012-01-13 10:43

    makes u wonder if the cops are not in on it???

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-13 10:47

      Er... no.

      Michael - 2012-01-13 11:14

      actually pointblank, many cops have proved to moonlight as thugs and murderers anyway. Do maybe not "in on it", but wouldn't be surprises if cops saw them, saw what was happening, quickly changed their outfits, and did the usual. I wouldn't put it past them, and I definitely would not count it out. Unlikely, no, possible, yes....

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-13 10:44

    i dont see any difference between chinese censored cctv reporting style and media24 slowly turning into sabc this days. why not report on time?

      Graziella - 2012-01-13 11:13

      Spot On! Free Press my A..

      Rob - 2012-01-13 13:50

      Graziella: Stop being a misinformed opportunist terrorist. By definition free press is about government interference as explained in this quotaion form Cambridge Dictionary. If a country has a free press, its newspapers, magazines and television and radio stations are able to express any opinions they want, even if these criticize the government and other organisations. News 24 can be described as ineffective, biased, and whatever else you want to throw at it, but it doesn't seem to me that this specific issue is even vaguely connected to the free press debate.

      Rob - 2012-01-13 14:14

      By the way, the News24 report was about police performance by not taking statements within 10 days. News 24 could have reported the itwm yesterday, but then it would have read nine days delay....and so on. I vaguely remember that 'Comprehension' was quite an important subject at Primary School, is it not taught anymore?

  • Michael - 2012-01-13 10:44

    In the first world, a serial killer is born once a lifetime. How many Jeffrey Dahmer's roam the streets of South Africa? If they could so casually shoot someone, how many more have they killed?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-13 10:45

    i dont see any difference between chinese censored cctv reporting style and media24 slowly turning into sabc this days. why not report on time?

  • Ntombodidi Nomxolisi Matsha - 2012-01-13 10:49

    I feel so sick after reading this. Filthy, filthy pigs, I am positive that they will be arrested soon. How I wish they bring them to PE and punished by mob justice because in jail they will be fed and pampered, all that paid by the murdered farmer's money. I am truly sorry if I sound barberic, but these pigs dont derserve to live, period! I am just so upset!! Urgggh!!

      Garth - 2012-01-13 11:42

      Shout it out loud with your vote.

  • Fredster - 2012-01-13 10:49

    What are you doing about this mr President?

      Deon - 2012-01-13 11:07

      He is busy crying to UN about departed "brother leader".

      Sharon - 2012-01-13 15:58

      Nothing ...........they think one less white to worry about

  • Zanele - 2012-01-13 10:53

    ya ya ya this country is really really possessed!

  • Jason - 2012-01-13 11:01

    Anyone watch SABC 3 last night - re the Police women who was shot during an attempted hijacking, she was shot by the criminal c*nt with a former JMPD's gun, in 2003 - perminently disabled, and has to date not yet received any sort of compensation - 8 years ago this happened, oh and PS she is a white women, and the department states that they are waiting for Doctors reports, for 8 years and you want to tell me they hevent received the documents, oh my g*d we are so effed its not even funny!!

  • KCorsar - 2012-01-13 11:01

    F@*k the Constitution and its hang ups on the death penalty; no country is free and fair with thugs like this on the streets. This was no simple robbery, to shoot a person three times is more than murder, its the sign of a psychopath. Come SAPS act properly as the custodians of PEACE in SA; time for the death penalty to be brought back for heinous crimes like this; SA is being destroyed by violent crimes.

      Michael - 2012-01-13 11:17

      I agree. This is psychotic behavior. No souls...

  • Eduard - 2012-01-13 11:01

    shocking.....absolutely shocking...if this continues, then the public must take matters in their own hands. 1. Incompetent police for taking so long to follow up on murder 2. I guess the farmer was white, thus rule him an intruder. One less farmer and one less food supply 3. The big picture is, all these murders will come back to haunt SA, BIG TIME 4. JZ, you need to get your "gears" going and do something about crime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victoria - 2012-01-13 11:07

    Where in the article did it mention race? This is a sad event, but I believe the point was to raise awareness, not to instigate an unfounded and unjust string of rude, ignorant comments.

  • Deon - 2012-01-13 11:09

    This is sad, fix the potholes for starters.

  • Sunett - 2012-01-13 11:11

    Second article today where I've read that the police have not taken statements long after the incidents. WTF??? But let this happen to friends or family of our ruling party, and I bet the entire police force will be working double time to catch the killers.

  • tstander - 2012-01-13 11:23

    So, to everyone claiming that this is an act of genocide... where in the article is the race of the attackers mentioned?

      Silver - 2012-01-13 11:34

      I'm willing to but big money on a bet here. You want to bet against me tstander?

  • Hangwani - 2012-01-13 11:25

    Filthy SA

  • Gavin - 2012-01-13 11:26

    Impressive, I don't know what's worse, a political party that stands idly by while people are being murdered, or cowards who kill without any provocation/motivation. I would gladly switch off my houses power supply so that we could bring back the electric chair for all the rapists and murderers to be executed. There's a song by Anne Murray called: a little good news that springs to mind. I sure could use a little good news today..

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-13 11:27

    Some criminals are desperadoes and senseless. Why did they have to kill someone for simply a cell phone and a mere bag. Should they have fixed the potholes it wouldn't have happened in this manner. Those criminals should have been hunted immediately and can they locate them after such a long time. But I understand if they took a week to track down a known man, how about the unknown ones?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-13 12:19

      The potholes is a problem, but the fact stays these people got killed and the pothole fixing should not have been preventing it. There is a bigger problem. Maybe issuing all in SA with smartphone with a setting that you can't use it at all if it does not indicate your location at all time will help. I can see some married men already start getting worried.LOL!...if only possible.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-13 11:28

    And the ANC's "Kill the Boer" is not an incitement to murder? Bulls**t!

  • Lynn - 2012-01-13 11:31

    This is disgusting. Condolences to the family and friends.

  • Helene - 2012-01-13 11:31

    The wife was told "to go lie in the grass"!!???? what was he thinking!!!!!?????? please be prepared to defend yourself at all times. And just by the way: It was not necessary to mention the race of the attackers... just read the article again: Who does crimes in packs. who hides in the bushes, who will attack innocent people, who will want to rape in a situation like this???

  • Andrew Sheppard - 2012-01-13 11:34

    I am off to learn how to use a gun. F&@k these bastards!!

      Silver - 2012-01-13 11:35

      Remember to teach your wife and children as well.

      Albert - 2012-01-13 11:41

      This is war.Shoot back and first.

      Garth - 2012-01-13 11:57

      Agree with Piet. All should learn the best self defence: giving one's attacker an immediately fatal dose of lead poisoning. Remember to teach(and learn) respect for the weapon and practise, practise, practise. And agree with Albert: shoot back first - dead criminals tell no tales.

      Bakers - 2012-01-13 13:50

      Remember when you start to shoot don't stop until all movement has ceased and then come back and tap each one again as one seldom dies from gun shot wounds we usually bleed to death. This is not the movies this is SA fact. Carry a spare magazine and join a shooting club. Shoot often. then you stand a chance. Most Gun owners cant hit the side of a barn let alone a smaller target and this when they have just had a good fright. Mmmmmm. Guns are not for every one, Pepper spray and a sawn off shot gun will be a better self protection tool. Just watch out for the little old granny on the side walk when you start with a shot gun. PS only shoot LG or SSG Bird shot is for the birds and the SAPS.

  • Bigwolf - 2012-01-13 11:40

    the problem is, what is the worst thing that can happen to these pigs when caught they go to jail with free food and medical. the time does not fit the crime as it is cold blooded murder, the stuff stolen would only give them another few days cash if that but the victoms will live with it for life.

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-01-13 11:42

    It all began with a pothole. There should not be potholes for the amount of tax we're paying.

      Garth - 2012-01-13 11:58

      400 million rand would have fixed a lot of potholes - useless, useless anc.

  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-13 11:46

    This is the 3rd story I have read for the day where police have not yet taken statements from the victims - what a shame.. pls explain... somebody

  • Gavin - 2012-01-13 11:47

    Black Trash, specific reference to that sort! If they not raping dogs and woman, they cutting off body parts of little boys and leaving them on railway line to die. It's time farmers started a vigilante group to avenge these attacks. RSA must not even look to the ANC or SAPS, they harvest criminals.

      Peace - 2012-01-13 15:22

      look in your underpants and you`ll find trash!

  • Cuclair - 2012-01-13 11:51

    Horrible!!! Just shocking

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-13 11:52

    Its time as us citizens fought back now and that the law be passed to bare arms. Why must we go through this whole worthless procedure to apply for a gun licence and yet criminals can just shoot innocent ppl. Our laws are protecting the criminal more than the law abiding citizen. If someone breaks into my house with a gun and i feel threatend then its my constitutional right (seeing that gets used alot) to shoot that person should i feel threatend. Why must i be the one to get shot first.

  • Rob - 2012-01-13 11:53

    Condolences to the family, and all others that have become associated with criminality in SA. It is not difficult to find reports of people in positions of authority and trust describing behaviours that looks to me like crimninal greed. Perhaps not all use outright violence to satisfy their greed and entitlement, but violence takes many forms other than outright, including abuse and degredation. The examples are multiple and obvious, it is not suprising that many follow in this path set by their leaders, especially when the collective mentality ensures that most crimes never reach court, and those that do rarely result in punitive measures that could discourage crime. We have a powerfully disasterous mixture in SA. Liberalism (even communism) and disfunctional administration.....who knows when it will reach rock-bottom!!!!

  • eradingoana - 2012-01-13 11:57

    Stupid thugs. This is how the African National Corruption force the thugs to do if they dont give them jobs. Innocent people pay the government s prices.

  • Cameronl - 2012-01-13 12:02

    Goddamit killed for something so small, I'm not joking when I say that not so long from now, people are gona start packing firearms to protect themselves more so than ever cos this is seriously getting out of control now. WTF..... you bastards I hope you get whats coming to you! And the police? ya whats that

  • naj.dsouza - 2012-01-13 12:12

    @Garysd705...not only blacks die with HIV, white too where in the world are you?? what happened to this poor farmer and his family has northing to do with race,..its can happen to anyone at anytime...lets all pray and fight the crime....

  • rickvcooper - 2012-01-13 12:16

    South Africa's Mau Mau movement is institutionalised.

  • Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-01-13 12:29

    White people...(not all of u)...come'on now, not everything is about race! Why don't u move on...or if u don't want to move on remember this, how many black INNOCENT people died during the apartheid era n were killed by white people huh???...come'on now lets move on hawu, my condolences to the farmers family...

      zterblanche - 2012-01-13 12:44

      Not about race? Too many "shoot the boer" songs out there, to not have this constantly in the back of our minds... Can't just dismiss this as crime if the Afrikaner population is under genocide watch.

      Jackie - 2012-01-13 13:42

      @Mesulie, this happend ten DAYS ago, where the hell is APARTEHEID mentioned in this article? So if you are hijacked and your family members killed in front of you, we will blame apartheid, that ended TWENTY YEARS ago? Fine by me…

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-13 14:01

      Sorry for the "wise"

      Peace - 2012-01-13 14:50

      dutoit,because our population size surpasses yours,percentange wise the black group will dominate in all the scenarios that you have made mention of.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-13 12:36

    I really feel bad when some people still generalise all blacks as criminals and call them names like Savage, primitive, black trash etc. I condemn the actions of the assailants irrespective of their race. Crime in SA represents our population dynamics. We cannot expect the number of whites who commit crime to surpass that of blacks. Lets fight crime and stop making crime a racial mockery. Unnatural deaths bring more grief to the family irrespective race. To some it seems normal to kill one of your race but wrong when murder takes interracially. We must condemn the perpetrators' actions and stop hurling insults to certain race. I don't remember anyone calling Kotze names after what he did last week.

      Peace - 2012-01-13 13:28

      @fhatu i couldn`t agree more with you,let`s stop using derogatory names against one another and join hands to fight crime as a collective(black and white)this name calling exercise will get us nowhere!

      Henk - 2012-01-13 14:13

      You probably missed where whites demanded he must be handed to them for proper punishment, and calling him all sorts of things. Point is, Kotze was emotionally triggered while these blacks had no reason to kill someone they don't know. Calling those animals animals is an insult to animals. We just ran out of words.

      monique.coetzee - 2012-01-13 14:25

      Kotze was called far worse, he is currently on the lowest level of the food chain and there isn't even a word that can descibe what he is. But don't be fooled we or I atleast can see when a white person is as comon as a rock and trash. You should read more comments on other articles. You see you only see what you want to see, go and check what people say about Kotze and all the other white people who murder kill and rape. They are wish on them the worst punishment. All criminals are seen as savage, primitive.

  • mishymoo - 2012-01-13 12:42

    We should have pothole free roads!

      Peace - 2012-01-13 13:32

      mishymoo,don`t blame potholes,i know they are a problem,but potholes didn`t pull a trigger,the main problem is the criminals and if those murderers didn`t pull a trigger that man would be still alive.Let`s consolidate our efforts to fight crime!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-13 12:44

    There is apathy all around the "justice" system-cops either too lazy or cannot write out a statement. Then after an eventual arrest who know if the evidence collected will ever reach the proper destination or be "lost". After endless court case appearances the perp eventually gets a ridiculously light sentence and is soon back on the street so the whole sordid cycle can begin again! In conclusion there is no justice system!!!!!

  • padayachee - 2012-01-13 12:45

    I Can use alll the swear words in the book, But nothing is worthy enough for me to use in this case! I thank God the women are children are safe tho! If that wasn't the case, you'd definitely see all the swear words!!

  • Charmain - 2012-01-13 12:59

    the cops do one good thing and the twenty bad things why have they not taken statements is ti them behinf the shooting or friends, theu are just plain stupid to write or ask the right questions.I agree Sargon Piet the only death sentance is we must take the law in our own hands like they do in the Cape

  • Alva - 2012-01-13 13:02

    Second incident where people are killed and SAPS don't take statements. Pathetic! Thumbs down SAPS!

  • Lee-Anne - 2012-01-13 13:15

    We cant blame the crime in South Africa on Race. As much as Julius Malema wud love to have the White race extinct, its not going to happen. Yes what happened to this family is horrendous, and condolences to them! But look at Johan Kotze (White) who got 3 African guys to rape and torture is wife, while he watched, and then shot his stepson in the head! Its a sick world we live in Unfortunetly, I just wish they wud bring the death penalty back!!! Because that to me seems like the only way to bring some law and order back in our beautiful country!

      Consolata Connie Lodya - 2012-01-13 13:30

      lee-anne, I totally agree with you and I wish that more people would not blame this on race. I got robbed 6 times(3 times at gun point) within 8 months when I started living in cape town and I have never blamed that on race. Crime affects all of us and I think that we need to bring back the death penalty to deter this type of thing from happening. My condolences to the family.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-13 13:38

    The editors of News24 are mischivious. Did these attackers know that the victims were farmers and were they waiting there specifically for these victims. This could have happened to any racial group that would have had the misfortune of getting a flat tyre in this isolated place, it has happened before. What is wrong with a heading: Man shot dead while changing tyre! You just had to word it like this and out come the rest of the hateful... crawling out from behind the fridge like cockroaches.

      Rob - 2012-01-13 14:03

      Graziella: Do you think that freedom of expression (within legal constraints) is any more or less important than a free press?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-13 14:09

      I also picked that up, but after a while I remember they do mention other victims's titles as well. Like doctors, engineers etc. However, the "little devil" in me tells me that it suits them. More readers, more comments, using it to their advantage. So, not having a good argument, I h'v decided I will let it go,.....but.....;)