Free State farm attacks just hours apart

2013-01-17 09:46

Bloemfontein - Only hours after the bodies of an elderly couple were found in Parys, a woman was assaulted with a knobkierie outside her farmhouse.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the bodies of 75-year-old Ernst van Rooyen and his wife, Annetjie, 74, were found in a tuck shop they ran from a garage on the farm, Somerset.

Two men have been arrested for the elderly couple’s murders.

In the second attack, Malani Pitout, 48, was addressed by one of the suspects by her Sotho name, which showed that he knew her, reported Volksblad.

“They waited a long time. You could see the tracks were they had probably been waiting since the previous afternoon in a sheep pen.

“I think the burglar bars were sawn off long before so that they could get in. They probably thought there wouldn’t be anyone with me.  Usually I am alone,” said Pitout.

She heard the dogs barking at about 01:00 and when she went to investigate, found two strange men in her bathroom.

Her fiancé Diederick Reinecke told her to run while he tried to shut the door and she tried to run to her brother’s house nearby. But a robber who was outside hit her with a knobkierie over the head.

“I fell. He hit me some more and kicked me. He grabbed me by the collar of my pyjamas and dragged me, telling me in Sotho to come along.

“He told me: ‘Thula, Masabata, thula. That is my Sotho name, so he knew exactly who I am,” said Pitout.

She managed to break free and her brother, hearing her cries for help, fired a gunshot which sent the robbers running off.

She sustained bruises but was not seriously injured.

Her fiancé was also not seriously injured.

Police were investigating.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-17 09:53

    An another day another farm attack.....

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-17 10:00

      Farms burnt - farmers killed - police in denial..... This is so sad - innocent old people getting killed! And dont say farmers derserve to die because of our apartheid past. Have they been charged, who found them guilty and why must they pay with their lives? Its a sad day in hell - this will continue and no one takes responsibility for taking care of the old and vulnerable people of our country.........

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-01-17 10:08

      Farm attack, what farm attack?? Our farmers aren't being massacred by the day... just ask our minister of police... Its just an illusion, which everyone but this sick government can see..

      lownabester - 2013-01-17 10:24

      This is what the ANC want. How sad that these innocent people are attack by savages,

      mofstok - 2013-01-17 10:34

      What would the outcome have been if her brother didn't have a gun? I shudder to think. Farmers and people living in rural communities: be armed, secure your houses, and have a plan for when you are attacked by these criminals. Don't live in the bubble of "It will never happen to me!"

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 11:17

      Clearly black attackers, if they were white, it would've been mentioned at least 5 times through the article and the word 'racist' also at leat 8 times.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2013-01-17 11:26

      and gov's doing_____

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-17 11:27

      The brother shouldnt have fired a warning shot - he should have shot them DEAD!!!

      russta101 - 2013-01-17 13:41

      @Alicia and others - murder of any kind is abhorrent, and should not be tolerated in any form. I also believe that the death of people should not be used for political leverage. It is sickening to see how you and the other vultures jump on your soap box to vomit your angry, hateful, violent ramblings onto this forum - as if you delight in another opportunity to vent yourself. I would be okay to witness to, listen to and even hear your point of view if it was stated once or twice. However, using every single violent news article to justify spewing your hatred into the ethernet is nothing short of disgusting. And is, in my opinion, disrespectful to the deceased, their loved ones and friends. Ultimately, you have used their suffering and misfortune for your own selfish pleasure. My friend speaks of "the delicious desire to say I told you so" when someone suffers a misfortune. How apt, when you see people like you rubbing your hands in glee at another opportunity to spout quasi statistics and reiterate your so-called 'rightness'. Seems more like a form of ego masturbation. What a sick society we have become.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 14:00

      @ russta101, you are correct, it is better to sit with your head in the sand and imagine that nothing bad is going on. Hey, if you don't see it, it don't happen.

      russta101 - 2013-01-17 14:15

      @ Alicia - your comments show how primitive and barbaric you are. @ Johan - Are you really suggesting the only thing anyone can do is vent themselves on these forums? How utterly stupid and useless is that? How about getting involved with grassroots issues - like feeding the homeless? Minister to the those living in poverty so that the angry, desperate, disillusioned masses dont turn to hate crimes? Or getting involved with youth programmes? Oh wait: thats so much hard work. So much easier to sit in you cosy chair and spout filth in cyberspace. Wont do any good at all, but it makes you feel better to vent, doesnt it?

  • Jane - 2013-01-17 10:08

    Farmers and people on small holdings: PLEASE up your security, trained guard dogs, electric fencing, panic buttons, and even a gun if you must. These people are being targeted because their houses are far apart and there properties are large, these criminals rely on the fact that no one will hear their victims cries and that they will be long gone before anyone notices anything is amiss. The ANC has made it blatantly clear that they are not interested in stopping the attacks on our farmers. We need to start protecting ourselves!

      butch.poulter - 2013-01-17 10:29

      Sounds like a war zone for these people. Pathetic, useless government. Everything they touch gets f%^&ed up.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2013-01-17 10:09

    Execute them at Church Square, for all to see. South Africans of all races and backgrounds affected by violent crime have had enough.

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-17 10:14

    ANC Gov are not doing their job!

      eva.walle.75 - 2013-01-17 10:22

      I'm afraid this IS the ANC government at work ...

  • jannie.myburgh.16 - 2013-01-17 10:14

    Why does Zuma remain silent ??? and the minister denies ?? This is GENOCIDE

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-17 10:25

      The ANC knows these farm murders are racially inspired and may even condone such actions (therefor the silence). They will never admit it though. They can fool many but the rest of the world is not asleep and is watching.

  • neil.zive - 2013-01-17 10:15

    This is a war being waged against the Afrikaaner community. You guys need to stand together and protect yourselves. Anywhere else in the world this would be regarded as a low intensity war. It outrages me how cruel and brutal these attacks are.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-17 10:37

    I knew this was coming when the ANC pushed for the gun disarmament laws. Criminals with illegal guns were never going to hand it in whilst law abiding citizens who really needed guns to protect themselves on distant farms are now sitting ducks. It was a very cunning move.

  • sebastian.c.salomon - 2013-01-17 10:48


  • suzaan.sleigh - 2013-01-17 10:53

    What bastards!!!

  • Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2013-01-17 11:12

    Terrible, terrible act of cowardice and racial hatred. We must speak up and against these atrocities in our society. These criminals must be punished. We will stand up for justice, not as Blacks, not as Whites, neither as Coloureds nor as Indians but as South Africans because this affects us all.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-01-17 13:57

      And who do you think is going to take any notice? Definitely not the bunch of terrorists that the cANCer still is. It's up to us all to protect ourselves by any means. I will definitely not stop and ask an unwelcome intruder why he is in my house uninvited.

  • gillian.louw2 - 2013-01-17 11:18

    We have to stop these farm murders and attacks. The goverment needs to do more. These attackers must realise they are killing the people who produce their food. No youth who are leaving school are persuing a career in farming. In years to come we are all going to be hungry.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-17 11:19

    History repeats itself. No different to what happened north of us. It's the African ( as in continent) way

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-17 11:21

    If they had used golf clubs it may be classified as a racial attack. Bloody savages.

  • boiketlo.pienaar.9 - 2013-01-17 11:22

    South africa is in big trouble,we can't expect us to have food security for long.the government has to do something.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-17 11:40

      Russophillia. We don't know how many people were killed and maimed by their forefathers. Another one from Mars. We are having the idiots out in full force this morning. Just one little thing, if the Dutch government would stop financing the Aids program in this country where would you be?.

  • ware.afrikaner.5 - 2013-01-17 11:32

    So it continues,day after day more people are getting murdered,and what does our wonderful goverment do,they are busy organising football tournaments.1 black guy gets beaten up and its in the news day after day,but no 1 says anything about 5000 farmers that's been killed since our so called democracy began.But we can't expect anything less from a goverment that is being led by the biggest moron in history old mr zuma.This country is on a slippery slope towards destruction,but hey then we will fit in wih the rest of africa nothing functioning,no infrastructure but atleast zuma will be comfortable in he's palace between all of he's wifes.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2013-01-17 11:59

    Reading down the comments, people twist the issue to be racial. As a concerned SA, HOW DO PEOPLE LIVE With THEMSELVES after committing such terrible acts??? Isn't that causing them nightmares? Or they have reached the point were they get used to it and becomes a norm? Its about time we forget about prisoners rights and feed them pap and salt maybe they will die of malnutrition. And next time thy will think about their acts before attempting them.

      red.anger.37 - 2013-01-17 13:58

      It's in their culture.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2013-01-17 12:20

    This is what we inherited from this ANC government! Violence, chaos, fraud and unhappiness.

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-17 12:51

    Racial! Show us videos of the victims!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-17 13:18

    Keep on exploiting people in these farms and the inevitable will transpire!!!

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-17 13:43

      Really? Because my work exploits me I must go and kill? You are insane you racist filth.

      kobus.cordier.9 - 2013-01-17 14:58

      buls...t go work for a black farmer and you will see what is exploiting i have proof of that

  • mpumelelo.matross - 2013-01-17 13:25

    When is this madness ever going to stop? We can't keep obliterating each other all in the name of hunger,poverty,patriotism or even wealth status. Senseless brutality and madness!!!

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2013-01-17 13:42

    I've been burglarized 5 times in four months. My car at least in front of my flat. Now I bought motion detectors with alarms at the local chinese shop and do they work. The last time the culprit burned something outside and when the alarm went off you could here him jump on the dustbins over a 6 foot wall. Get stuff that makes noise when they enter your premises outside. Mine were cheap but it works and I am going to get more and a nice skull crasher paintball gun since guns have been taken from us. Mom alone but I will shoot and make a plan. Time farmers start shooting and asking questions later.

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-17 14:07 Continue plz. Give an idiot rope he will hang himself.

  • walter.laurie - 2013-01-17 14:25

    This is why the Western Cape should secede..

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-17 14:32

    Glad im not a farmer. I wouldnt stand for this nonsense. Anyone caught on my property would face a bullet between the eyes. They can answer questions later if they survive. The sooner we rid the planet of these diseased neanderthals the better!

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