Mpuma farmer assaulted, held hostage

2012-05-24 10:06

Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga farmer was assaulted, held hostage and photographed next to the corpse of a woman people were trying to bury on his farm without his permission, Beeld reported Thursday.

Hendrik Davel, 34, owner of the farm Sterkfontein, near Wakkerstroom, was attacked on Wednesday when he approached the group to inquire about the funeral.

His brother Sakkie, 38, who came to his aid, was also assaulted and taken hostage.

The group wanted to hold the funeral in a kraal on Davel's property, but they did not work for him.

Davel told a delegation of the deceased woman's family earlier this week that they could not bury her on his farm, as she had lived, worked and died in Johannesburg.

Davel noticed on Wednesday morning that a large tent had been erected at the kraal. When he went to investigate he was attacked.

The two brothers were later freed from a locked hut by neighbouring farmers and police, who also managed to retrieve Davel's firearm, which had been stolen from him during the assault.

Police spokesperson Alf Ueckermann confirmed that cases of assault and theft were being investigated.

  • melania.nel - 2012-05-24 10:10

    Really bad.

      jajabutters - 2012-05-24 10:31

      I feel like giving up on this country, how do we stop this madness,someone please tell me!

      martin.colley.9 - 2012-05-24 11:06

      Savages !

      Matthew - 2012-05-24 11:20

      One bullet,one less person causing maddness.simple as that get yourself alot of bullets/ammo mr Jajabutters and you will have your solution. well,one of the only few that actually works in this country

      Jacqui - 2012-05-24 11:25

      Aizah, how lovely to hear your companies are doing great. They don't need your in put?. Who is running them while you are wasteing time here with empty words?.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-24 11:26

      Sorry Sizah, for calling you the wrong name. Today is not a good day for me to be writing.

      Bradley - 2012-05-24 11:26

      @Matthew...FTS im calling in an AC130

  • Tax - 2012-05-24 10:24

    Africa at its darkest.

  • WTF - 2012-05-24 10:26

    Please DO NOT associate these things with people. People/Human beings don't do stuff like this!!!!

  • joathanj - 2012-05-24 10:45

    A country in decay.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-24 11:23

      decay,worse than that,so many years of colonial rule and more than 40yrs of racist rule,what do u expect.

      joathanj - 2012-05-24 11:33

      @paulmandlankosi look at the man in the mirror.

      gustav.harmse - 2012-05-24 11:59

      @paulmandlankosi Tell me what is your main malfunction did your daddy not give you enough attention or maybe the old man at the shebeen gave you to much attention when you was a child, but hey being black is a disability that’s why whites need to look after.... you aag shame ne

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-24 13:09

      If the country was in a decay, "an intelligent man" would have long left the country thus please let us stop exaggerating .

      marius.dejager.54 - 2012-07-11 11:39

      Hey Bambanani, enjoying the herbs hey!!, unemployed, yet you spill your filth here. Leave the herbs, find a job (although I doubt you'll get anything with the herbs problem)or just dig yourself a grave idiot!!

  • Konanani - 2012-05-24 10:56


  • John - 2012-05-24 11:01

    We are fast sinking into anarchy. One day someone is going to lose the plot and start shooting. When SA is a starving nation unable to feed its population I wonder who is going to farm then? Another African banana republic in the making.

  • Wil - 2012-05-24 11:12


      gustav.harmse - 2012-05-24 12:02

      @Mohau.moloto.5 Don't one normally burn trash, Oh I forgot your family bury them

  • Ryno - 2012-05-24 11:25

    now for this the anc must make a big fuss about - not a stupid painting

  • Pixie86 - 2012-05-24 11:50

    i have a question. If a black farmer is tortured and killed is it still classified farm murder and genocide? #just asking

      JHLR73 - 2012-05-24 11:55

      Please give as an example of this? bet you can't. So please stop asking stupid questions thank you

      Tax - 2012-05-24 14:01

      Dont know. It hasnt happened yet.

  • Henry - 2012-05-24 11:51

    We can assume some of these sava ges are workers on his farm. Assaulting the boss is a dismissible offense,no warning required, lucky bugger can now get rid of the lot and mechanize.

  • Rodney - 2012-05-24 12:13

    Davel displayed a hard-arsed attitude.The deceased probably had ancestral ties to the farming area and more spesifically to the farm and an outright refusal to discuss the possibility of burial on the farm seems so wrong.Davel should have displayed greater compassion towards the mourners but of course their subsequent conduct was totally unacceptable.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-24 13:12

    News24 where are my comments???

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-24 13:17

    I would of assaulted him aswell, has he not thought if maybe the woman is family of someone one working on the farm, it would of really been bad if he let them bury her there? Pathetic, I see why the guys are getting upset... Have a bit of compassion

  • Glenda - 2012-05-25 00:04

    Shaun Homani,why don't you leave our country, we do not need people like you in our country! This country is not yours when you have such attitudes.There has been so many unnecessary murders by the likes of you and well as lawlessness.It is about time they put the people like you in jail and throw away the key or rather bring back the death penalty.Not only are the citizens not safe with the likes of you around but so are the police not safe!!!!

  • Cristina - 2012-06-10 11:03

    What the heck!!!..I mean really!!

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