KZN couple hurt in farm attack

2013-02-23 14:31

Johannesburg - A man was critically wounded and his wife was injured during an armed robbery at their farm in Harburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.

Captain Thulani Zwane said that the 50-year-old man and his wife, 44, were attacked by two men late on Friday night.

The robbers demanded cash, then shot the man and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the man was critically wounded and his wife, who had blunt-force trauma injuries, was in a stable condition.

They were stabilised on scene and taken to St Annes Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Zwane said no one had been arrested by lunch on Saturday.

  • Thandiwe83 - 2013-02-23 14:53

    Protect our farmers and food security

      Wike Mood - 2013-02-23 15:06

      its easier to let it all slip away and then wait for handouts from the rest of the world.

  • fifi.stewart.71 - 2013-02-23 15:04

    now we can see why pople sleep with guns under their beds and hoot at the fist sounds

  • fifi.stewart.71 - 2013-02-23 15:06

    Sorry bad typing! now we can see why people sleep with guns under their beds and shoot at the fist sounds of an intruder!

      Adri Noble - 2013-02-23 15:26

      Again BAD typing.First not fist.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-02-23 15:30

      I agree wholeheartedly fifi!

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2013-02-23 15:14

    The politicians all have personal protection paid for by the state , the people that pay the state have none

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2013-02-23 15:18

    Why are the victims and the perpetrators not identified by their races/gender ? If this was just another farm attack it is supported by the regime . The SAPS regime puppets get their strings pulled from higher up to not waste too much effort on these crimes but rather waste resources on crimes committed by guys like Oscar Pistorius as a conviction there stands out like a sore thumb in a field of unsolved farm murders . I do not see it as racist by identifying the attackers/victims by race , it is factual and can help identift groups as being vulnerable to crime and also groups that commit crime . For instance more white guys would get caught riding on beaches when going fishing but more non white guys would be caught for stock theft in rural areas . I think most rapes are comitted by males , and most abandoned newborn babies are abandoned by females . Should the state not teach young guys in school to respect females ? Should the state not teach young women the value of life and the responsibilities of motherhood ?

      Adri Noble - 2013-02-23 15:24

      I do not see it as racist by identifying the attackers/victims by race , it is factual and can help identift groups as being vulnerable to crime and also groups that commit crime . #really??? Its not racist? #you making a fool of yourself with your far fetch explanation/reasons. Go play outside!!!

      jlsteyn - 2013-02-23 16:13

      most rapes by males / most newborn abandonment by females... wow. you come up with that by yourself?

      Nunu - 2013-02-26 07:39

      Its not necessary to indicate the race, we all know the race of the perps without needing to be told. I mean, is the pope a catholic?

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-02-23 15:33

    Some people can write nonsense, using race card when it suits them , let's let the law take it's cause like we do with Oscar's case .

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-23 23:19

      Tlotlo Phele, you are talking rubbish. Oscar's case has nothing to do with farm murders. I can assure you that if it was Oscar that attacked a black couple you would have a lot to say for yourself. In fact the country would be up in arms!!!! So please spear us your drivel...

  • Killbot79 - 2013-02-23 15:50

    But the ANC is shocked about other crimes, but these are whites so they turn a blind eye.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-02-23 16:17

      Its part of the plan..shoot the boer..syndrome.

      Tuyez - 2013-02-23 18:36

      Blacks are affected by crime as well. Their are victims of robbery, bugglary, murder and all the crimes under the sun and I dont see why should the criminals should exclude whites. Your comments are misguided and one dimensional, shallow as well. Unless if you live in a cocoon and only allowing the news that only affect whites only then I would understand your concern from that angle of thinking. I dont think that if the criminals want to rob they consider race I think they spot the opportunity and posibilty to fullfil their crinminal act. Otherwise in your mind you mean that when a black person has been a victim of crime then the perpetrator would probable be a white person. Or crime should be limited to races. Then go tell the criminals that not us who read news 24. Not every black person is a criminal or enjoy the demise of the white person. Just like the Sunday rapist, graveyard killing and boeremag bombing and plots, we my belief that does not define the general population of white south africans. Those were people who had their motives of which I believe you were not aware of. So interpreting crime on racial line is really unfair and stirring racial hate for no good reason. I believe these criminals can reveal themselves you will find a lot of black allies against the criminals.

  • Joshua Sematla - 2013-02-23 16:17

    Ohw boy now that the oscar saga is temporarily on hold, it means we back on some old farm attacks propaganda from Beeld and Volksblad and sensationalist News24 mxm..

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-23 16:23

    Trained terrorism at its designed to rid of the whites

      Tuyez - 2013-02-23 17:22

      We see what we want to see. If you think this is done on racial basis then you have a serious racial problem. I would think that the criminals only see the opportunity from the vulnarable person and attack with their intentions known to them not know by blacks. Farmers are isolated from the places of rescue and with valuable that are valuable to the criminals. That make them a target to the crimals. Blacks in rural areas are victims as well. Stop reading one newspaper. Read all the news papers and you will see that crime randomly affect every person in this country, doent matter black white or indian colored whatsoever. Everyone is affected by the crime. Whe should all be thinking how we can reduce crime. Black criminals are no heros to the black communities. They are nuisance yo them as well.

      Qued Mc'question - 2013-02-23 17:46

      Trained terrorism in SA by blacks to rid of the whites? U serious? For your info,blacks don't have time for that...those are criminals,or did u mean 'black criminals terrorist'

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2013-02-23 16:47

    Good people, the article here says a man and his wife! No were does it say black or white. Get over yourselves man..! Maar my........!

      Visser Jooste - 2013-02-23 17:17

      Exactly! Farming is not limited to whites only.

  • Tuyez - 2013-02-23 17:09

    Really the farm attack is not exceptional to other crimes. We read a lot about other people stories bieng killed , hi jacked or robbed but once there is something that involve a farm. Its racially motivated or supported by the incumbent regime. I think some other people here only read a story that has a farm word on its title. We dont even know if the criminals that attack the farms are racist or not. By that I mean we dont know if these criminals only target white with their criminal activities or they also have black victims as well. Plus what ever they do they are not doing it for their race. They have their own motives that motivates their crimes. So racialising crime is just ridiculous. That show how short sighted you are if you think criminals and their crimes are racially driven, unless you are a racist yourself then it will be easy to define crimes on those basis. I bet if pistorious crime was not so obvious many of you who view the world on racial lines you would have so sure that the crime was commited by the opposite race. Criminals are criminals and if your mind is not chained by your racist mentality you would be able to analyse the crime circumstances better. If you think its blacks that commit most of the crimes then think why and also followup on all the case and see what kind of people that commit what kind of crimes. You cant expect your neighbor in sandton to break in in your house because he is black, or an black manager or proffesionals attacking farmers. I am not supporting criminals but my point is the reason why the probability of finding a black man perpetrating crime is that the majority of people are black then the chances of find criminals among blacks are high. This is complicated further by their socio-economic status. That does not means that every black person is a criminal, and that can be compare with white for instant not every white person is a racist and the racist one that is his belief. His or her belief does not represent the behavior of all people of his or her race. So when a crime is commited it is just a crime. Only a criminal would know his or her motive not his race. Plus black people are individuals just like other races they have different perceptions about the world per individuals. Blacks have friends their are not friend if every black person. I presume thats the case with other races. Lets all put our energy if we can at catching the criminals if we are in that position and stop speculating at what could have been the motive, unless what we are writing here can be proven. Lets not pick and choose and say what we think is right because it suit your racial beliefs. Dont forget criminals are criminals and their actions leave victims and the criminals normaly they dont care what race a person is. If you dont know blacks die in tens of thousands in a year guess who kill them its not blacks but its criminals.

      Visser Jooste - 2013-02-23 19:51

      I agree with you. We exist in a multi racial society where black people outnumber whites by almost 5 to 1. That in itself will mean that it can look as if more crimes are committed by blacks. And whites are perceived as richer therefor it is logical that they will be targeted more. Only by getting to know one another can these false perceptions be addressed.

  • Visser Jooste - 2013-02-23 17:12

    One cannot simply assume the race of the attackers. And will releasing this kind of information not create more racial tension? Are'nt we a supposedly non racial society? This is an issue that will continue contributing towards racial tension. One way to address it may be to impose new legislation with additional punishment where race is involved? Won't that satisfy people that racists will be punished? And it may also make them think twice before committing such crimes.

      Tuyez - 2013-02-23 17:28

      Criminals are simple there to rob, and to torture their victim for themselves not for their family or race honour. They are not helping anyone except themselves and those who would interpret this on racial line to quench their racial agenda.

      Visser Jooste - 2013-02-23 18:19

      I agree, although hatred of other races is prevalent in our society. Fact is old people and isolated farmers simply are easy targets and criminals know it.

      Tuyez - 2013-02-23 18:37

      Agree with you hundred percent.

  • Geoff - 2013-02-23 20:05

    Take away all the emotion and prejudice from this issue. If things were right in this country all farmers would be given special protection by the state. The nation's food security is seriously at risk. It's not just the attrition due to farm murders - how many farmers are busy packing up to rather go and help feed another country where their security is not an issue? How much food are we importing right now and how will imports escalate in the near future?

  • Anton - 2013-02-23 22:10

    They will never catch these attackers because they dont want to, and if the do R500.00 bail the next day

  • Evi - 2013-02-24 08:13

    Please protect SA farmers and all they provide for the country- food, resources,land development,rural schools,labour etc...

  • Carol Chris Martens - 2013-02-24 21:51

    my thoughts are with this couple and i hope they recover. Awful times indeed.

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