Intruder opens fire on farmer, family

2012-03-26 11:17

Pretoria - A Magaliesburg farmer has been left without sensation in his leg after being shot in the spinal cord during a farm attack.

Bouke Tack, 57, and his wife Olga, 53, run Golden Valley - a diary and cheese factory - in Magaliesburg.

Tack, who was taken to Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, was expected to undergo months of rehabilitation.

According to Tack’s wife, one of the bullets was still lodged in his spinal cord, but doctors couldn’t remove it as it was near a sensitive vertebra.

Opened fire

She told how she, her husband and their son Marnus, 18, were awoken just before 07:00 last Sunday by barking dogs and a terrible pounding on the back door.

They found an armed intruder in the kitchen who said someone was slaughtering their cattle. He then opened fire on them.

“He wasn’t even tense. It was like a normal conversation to him.”

The couple ran to fetch their firearm from their bedroom after which Tack fired two shots at the intruder. He scared off the man, who as he fled, shot Tack through the window.

The intruder and four other men fled by car.

Marnus applied first aid to his wounded father while his mother struggled to get a cellphone signal to call for help. She eventually got hold of a neighbour, who called police and paramedics.

Neighbours helped put Tack in the car. Two paramedics met them along the way, after which he was airlifted to Milpark.

“He was paralysed immediately and there was a lot of blood but I have never before in my life seen neighbours come together like that,” the injured man’s wife said.


Meanwhile, the attackers were stopped by police. Three of them, including a farm worker who had worked for the Tacks for three months, were arrested. The shooter and another man managed to flee.

“I don’t think it was a racial thing or that it was about political sensation, but it was a well-planned and despicable attack,” she said.

“There is a sense of entitlement and lawlessness that is taking hold in South Africa and whether such attacks happen on farms or in the townships is immaterial, someone has to give a voice to the victims.”

  • Marion - 2012-03-26 11:35

    Hope they find some way to remove that bullet. This woman is very level-headed about the possible reasons for the attack. First rule if you live on a farm, or even a plot, get a radio system operating between you. Cannot rely on cellphone coverage. Don't think it's a bad idea for neighbours in the city to get panic buttons installed in their houses that are linked to their neighbours either.

      Rainbow - 2012-03-26 11:46

      Of course its political and racial, it always is when it comes to the attack on white farmers......ANCYL supporters doing it for Juliaarse. What these hateful, uneducated imbeciles dont realize ( or perhaps they do but the hatred drives them) is that if you take out the farmers everything is going to have to be imported which means food becoming unaffordable to the multitudes of poor. Also the loss of thousands of jobs on these farms. Happy to know that the family is alive, and a speedy recovery to the farmer.

      Rob - 2012-03-26 11:51

      Doing their bit to encourage reconcilliation as usual !

      Genet - 2012-03-26 13:13

      It would also be helpful if Telkom gave us some sort of communication when Lines have been stolen, instead of saying they just won't replace them, as cellphone coverage is not good in farming areas. Yes we have radios too. Speedy recovery to the farmer.

  • Bambanani - 2012-03-26 11:41

    hope they find those thugs.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-03-26 15:17

      Hope they find those thugs AND PUT A BULLET BETWEEN THEIR HEADS

  • john.ncala - 2012-03-26 11:49

    I hope that Mr Tacks has a speedy recovery and those stupid fools must be arrested

  • phumlanii - 2012-03-26 11:53

    Why the killing of the farmers? This must stop, I really condemn it.

      Johnson - 2012-03-26 13:46

      Is it not about land reform provoked by the famous ANCYL president

  • jarred.s.holmes - 2012-03-26 11:56

    I've never heard of a "diary and cheese" factory before.

      Hendrik - 2012-03-26 12:08

      Been there before and I can confirm, it is NOT a diary farm at all. Sure hope the man gets top class medical care and that he will regain full mobility. Also hope that the farming activities will continue, nice place.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-26 12:18

    Can everyone say "white Genocide"? 18 years of freedom and over 40 000 dead whites later.

  • LouiseandRoger - 2012-03-26 12:37

    Cowards cowards sick savages,a crowd of u aholes attack 3 defenceless people, Sick sick

  • bashinm - 2012-03-26 13:00

    maniacs alwys mind stupidity,these intruders r jst mad,ja prety justification 2their deeds.thy jst deserve a heavy sentencing,period!

  • Refiloe - 2012-03-26 13:05

    ya nhe! i guess by sm of the commts white peopl dnt kill only blacks. they just spit and hurnt for fun. bt then no one reports when a white farmer kills a farmworker. its all normal. nxa! thank God they have arrestd the wanna be killers.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-26 14:59

      this comment implies you are insensitive my sister.

  • Johnson - 2012-03-26 13:45

    When steve hofmayer made a statement about entitlement and lawlessness he was branded a racist - eish

      Xboxs - 2012-03-29 17:58

      How is steve hofmeyer different from malema? You should have your head checked.

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-03-26 14:09

    10 million bucks that if it were whites attacking blacks it would have been deemed as a racially motivated attack!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-26 14:34

    This is totally unfortunate and unacceptable. I hope the man regains his well being.

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-03-26 14:41

    “There is a sense of entitlement and lawlessness that is taking hold in South Africa and whether such attacks happen on farms or in the townships is immaterial, someone has to give a voice to the victims.” Maybe it's a good idea to vote for the D.A.....?? Me thinks..??

  • Matthew - 2012-03-26 14:56

    Bring back the death penality for people like this,that just keep attacking if not killing inocent families and workers,there's nothing more deserving. Find them.kill them.over and done with.send a msg to the rest klaar

  • gerald.yapp - 2012-03-26 15:26

    Report suspicious activity and crimes online - when you register on this site - you get notifications of crimes happening around you - its all free and helps us to watch out for one another - see -

  • Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-29 17:30

    "Whether such attacks happen on farms or in the townships is immaterial. Someone has to give a voice to the victims". How sensible. How admirable. How true. There is one South Africa. There are no special people when it comes to crime. There is no killing of white farmers, black or pink people. There is killing of South Africans. For as long as we believe there are special groups of victims, criminals have the upper hand. So, South Africa, keep fighting each other and calling each other names. The criminals are happy with this level of distraction. Why wouldn't they be? They can sneak in and out amidst all the squabbling. When the dust settles each time, a white farmer will be dead. A black child will be raped. An old indian lady will be grieving for her son. A coloured boy will have lost half his face. Why investigate? It is all racially motivated. It is political. It is hatred. Just you keep fighting, people. Keep fighting each other. The man with the gun in his hand can only love this. It is awesome.

      Xboxs - 2012-03-29 18:06

      The most intelligent comment so far.Will these listen to you? Nope! Racism is part of their DNA so they cannot seperate criminals from law abiding people.They can not seperate decent Africans from "black criminals".

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-09 13:01

    "...not a racial thing or that it was about politics, but well planned." What reasons remain?

  • lilani.heath - 2012-04-13 10:13

    As the saying goes: It seems the poor, pittyful attackers are having 'pitty fit'- ....we want but we dont want to work for it...we are so disadvantaged, poor us...we are incapable(no schooling, no brain) and simply too stupid to make a succes out of our own lives..we do not even want to try to read.. why should we...poor us....we want everything easy...we know whats right and wrong but we choose to kill and steal...we want to eat but we don't want to plant food, we must just get...poor us!...- Oh! how bloody ignorant can they be!!!!! Now they wonder where our anger comes from..?

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