'Food producing hand chopped off'

2010-12-04 12:06

Bloemfontein - Those responsible for the murder of a Free State farmer and his family have "chopped off another hand that produces food for South Africa", the commercial farming body Agri SA said on Friday.

Andre Botha, spokesperson for Agri SA's rural safety committee, was reacting to the murder of the Potgieter family of the farm Tweefontein in the Lindley district, whose bodies were discovered on Thursday morning.

"The gruesome murder of the Potgieter family in the Lindley district has cast a dark shadow over the farming community and even more so the next of kin of the victims."

Botha said Agri SA found the incident regretful and strongly condemned it. "Murders on farms must be strongly condemned by all because it raises questions regarding civilised standards, which could ultimately also affect food security."

The organisation said such criminal acts hampered stability and progress.

Botha expressed appreciation for the swift and professional manner in which the police, trackers and Free State Agriculture's Intelligence body had attended to the crime scene.

  • dictator - 2010-12-04 12:12 join the discussions.These sub-human murderers need to be stopped.

      Hilton - 2010-12-04 12:50

      They don't care about human life or the fact that those who worked on the farm, now don't have jobs anymore. What is our Country coming to........................

      Kholekile Swartz - 2010-12-04 13:53

      @Boerseun: Pls take that racial chip of your shoulder and get rid of your stinking thinking. Crime affect all South Africans (Black and White). Can you raise a comment without pulling the race card? Lets condemn all crimes irrespective and stop racialisng everything. It is people like you who hold this country back. As long as you view crime according to racial lines, we will never stand united as a nation to fight all sorts of crime that are effecting our wonderful people.

      G.du Plessis - 2010-12-04 13:58

      @Boerseun. Borders between whites and blacks? Don't be ridiculous! That would be a sad day - I have loads of black friends. No the answer is increased economic growth and more provinces going to opposition control to keep the government "on its toes".

      Mike Webber - 2010-12-04 14:35

      @ Kholekile Swartz DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF MATE, FARM MURDERS IS VERY MUCH A RACE ISSUE. Racist blacks hating and murdering innocent white families. Tread lightly.

      G.du Plessis - 2010-12-04 14:37

      @Kholekile: I agree with you - I think the common enemy needs to be crime. There is NO CONSPIRACY - if there was the ANC would implode and split into factions. South Africa is now on the global map. It wants Olympics, is on UN security council etc etc. It is far too advanced as a nation to go down the "Banana Republic" rout that some people seem to suggest.

      joe.delange - 2010-12-04 14:38

      Well said, G.

  • Willem - 2010-12-04 12:36

    The violence in the country is not normal and the constant common excuse that not only white people are murdered is severely infuriating! The fact is still: the most of these killings by far are by black people. Second important fact about genocide: “Extremist terrorism targets moderates, intimidating and silencing the center. Moderates from the perpetrators’ own group are most able to stop genocide, so are the first to be arrested and killed.” Ref:

      Hilton - 2010-12-04 12:52

      Never a truer word spoken, Willem.

      Pop Idol - 2010-12-04 13:04

      @Willem,,,The problem with people not realising whats happening in SA,is that they think that a genocide is something which happens fast..But u also get slow genocides...A genocide is when replacement numbers are lower than those folks getting murdered.

  • allie - 2010-12-04 12:48

    And not a word,not even condolences from Cele and his sheiste government People SHOULD go to their funeral and make long POLITICAL SPEECHES.Make sure the TV cameras are there.

      jan.debeer1 - 2010-12-04 19:30

      SABC will make sure it will not be broadcasted

  • Solly007 - 2010-12-04 12:49

    It is astonishing that when the Bok's play badly you get a 1000 comments on an article on News 24. Unfortunately the murder of farmers and little children in this country has become such an everyday event that nobody even bothers. The only solution is to bring back the death penalty and to stop this nonsense that a criminal has more rights than a law abiding citizen. Our hearts go out to the family.

      Pine - 2010-12-04 13:47

      Solly007, I think you missed something. You must have seen the comments on this horrible incident yesterday - lots and lots of it. However, at some stage those in positions of power at News24 decided enough is enough. The comments were not only closed, but the existing comments were removed. Don't know if some commentators came too close to the truth about the situation in this country.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2010-12-04 14:06

      Pine is correct... the initial wave of comments vanished. There is no shortage of outrage over this, trust me.

  • Sadness - 2010-12-04 12:51

    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

  • Vance - 2010-12-04 13:06

    My heart goes out for the Potgieter families, next of kin and friends

  • foxie911 - 2010-12-04 13:42

    Bring back the death penalty - all murderers and rapists should be eliminated as quickly as possible to prevent them from committing these heinous crimes again, thus saving the taxpayers money to support them while they sit in prison, doing nothing all day...

  • Juliaas - 2010-12-04 13:56

    Ad the ANC, Julaas and (try for white) minister Sisulu is numb on condemning the massacre of the white nation.

  • Mike Webber - 2010-12-04 14:33

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Guerilla war tactics are needed to exterminate these lazy, uneducated dogs who come in the night and attack white families. Blacks have always been cowards, always will be !!!

  • Faansie - 2010-12-04 14:49

    It is high time the whites start retaliating seriously

      G.du Plessis - 2010-12-04 15:07

      Don't be STUPID Faansie. People should be allowed to defend their property but not to retaliate - who would you attack - a perfectly innocent black person? You make me sick implying violence; you make me doubt the capacity of the human race to love. You must have a pretty low IQ if you think violence will improve the situation?!! Criminals are drawn to wealthy areas sometimes to commit crime, whether it is a farm, business or house. Crime affects everyone. Farmers need more protection regardless of colour.

      Mike Webber - 2010-12-04 15:12

      @ G.du Plessis - Spoken like a true liberal. You are WRONG. Farm attacks are racial by definition. Look at the murder scenes, the unnecessary crimes of racial hatred, crimes of passion. THESE ARE RACIAL MATE, believe it !!!

  • Jill - 2010-12-04 15:06

    for goodness sakes !! you dont have to be a rocket scientist to know its not about colour!! Riches, education, poverty!! GOD says!!! Mans HEART!! is desperately wicked above ALL things WHO can understand this! Open your hearts to the LOrd ALL you people, only He can change us, dont evern try and get religious it wont help you!! Only Jesus , and dont worry he is comming backn soon to sort out all this godlessness!!

  • MasterMind - 2010-12-04 15:06

    The useless savage of Africa strikes again - live by the sword, die by the sword. A short term greed has cost a whole community their livelihood - I hope they retaliate and murder these useless f@ckers cos the useless ANC justice system will do nothing and after 3 years get thrown out of court. I hope they get what they deserve the idjotti amazotti. All condolences to the Pottie family and loved ones.

  • Werner - 2010-12-04 15:23

    @Boerseun Bra, jy help nie. Persoonlik, as ek kon terug gaan in tyd het ek daai sogenaamde wit voorvader fokkers PERSOONLIK in die kop geskiet vir die kak wat ons nou tref. Dink mooi hoe ons in hierdie predikament geland het. Die wiel draai.

  • ASME - 2010-12-04 16:12

    @kholekile: Why not play th racial card, should the whites not play the racial card..... the blacks do... all the time for anything and everything! Yes crime affects all South Africans (White and Black), but I have not hear of a black farmer and his family been masacre lately. You talk about a racial chip on the shoulder, let see who is murdering the white farmers who are providing jobs and food for this country. The racial chip is on the blacks the ANC and Julaas shoulders as they are shouting land reform, take back from the white farmers with violence. Drag the murders into the town square to be stoned to death, they dont have human rights, they gave up those right the time they murdered the Potgieter family including their 3 year old child. Its being more than 15 years since the ANC took controll of this country and in 100 years from now the blacks will still have a racial chip on their shoulder, blaming the whites for everything gone wronge with this beautiful country. Soon we will go down Zim's road .... then no-one (Whites and Blacks) will have anything, no food no future, oh... eccept the fat cats in the ANC

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