Murdered Brit's son considers leaving SA

2012-11-28 08:18

Bloemfontein - The son of the British man who was murdered on his farm in Ficksburg over the weekend says he and his wife are considering leaving South Africa.

Robert Preece told Volksblad that he always said he would stay in the country of his birth but he no longer knew if he wanted to raise children in a country where people were killed for no reason.

Robert and his wife Jeanné have not left the side of his mother Felicity, 56, who is in hospital with a skull fracture. She spent 12 hours alone in the house after the attack.

Police were still looking for the three attackers, thought to be from Lesotho.

“People ask now if we are racists. How can we be? A black farmworker was the first to help my mother.

“He collapsed when he saw what happened to my father… We are angry at the murderers.”  

His wife said a Muslim couple had prayed for her in hospital.

“Regardless of colour, culture, religion or background, all that we meet condemn this horrible deed. Everyone at the hospital is supporting us.”

She said the authorities claimed farm murders were exaggerated.

“They say of each farm murder it is an isolated case due to land disputes or unhappiness among workers but that wasn’t the case here. We now have to hear there was a spate of attacks here over the past month.”

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-28 08:31

    Farm murders exaggerated. Excuse me but this is reality living in SA. Condolences to the family and all best wishes for your mom's recovery.

      Jonny Finance - 2012-11-28 09:08

      i agree no murder or death of any person is right but people die in townships both black and coloured daily no word is spoken of them crime affects all walks of life everyone is special an equal spare a thought for khayalitsha 20 murders a weekend hanoverpark 10 to 20 a month do u knw their names can they move to another country NO my heart felt condolences to the fam an to to those who loose kids daily

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-11-28 09:14

      Leave while u can bru...this place is going for a bowl of crap!!!

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-28 11:36

      If you plan to have kids, or already do, and you can get away from SA do it sooner rather than later. I love my country, but if there is an option to secure the future of my children in an environment where violent crime isn't an every day occurrence, I would leave. RIP and hope your mum gets better soon. To the cowards that attack and kill people indiscriminately, may God have mercy on your souls, as I would gladly be the hang man that pulls the lever to rid this world of vermin like you.

  • bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-11-28 08:34

    Terribly sad, and this so called government has done nothing to address this ongoing violence against the farming community, terrible to hear of people like these considering leaving a country that they love all because of this pathetic ANC, I detest them and everything they stand for.

      Ayanda M Masina II - 2012-11-28 09:34

      Then someone talks about ANC as if there was no crime when NP (apartheid) was in power, infact that was criminal in itself so dont bring party issues where crime is concerned , law enforcement agencies are the people of SA and we must all come together and fight crime not to wait for government to do that. Community policing forums must be everywhere.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-11-28 10:35

      Ayanda, nobody in their right mind can condone the wrongs committed by the old NP was in power, I see this as a different issue altogether, then it was mostly crimes against non whites in a political way, nowadays it is rampant crime affecting everyone in this country, yes I agree the people of this country must come together and fight crime, on the other hand this government should be doing something against the rampant crime, they seem to shun every single bit of responsibility for anything, they can't even deliver books to schools on time, they are totally inept at everything apart from thieving and corruption.

  • Brian Radebe Dorning - 2012-11-28 08:36

    Crime affects both black and white, but crimes like these are fueled by racial divide created by the ANC. If the ANC governed properly, everyone in SA would be safe. Bring back harsher sentences and death penalty.

  • igshaanp - 2012-11-28 08:36

    you cant escape death,murder happens all over the world

      seep.mctavish - 2012-11-28 08:44

      But only here people are tortured, burnt with hot water, and small children lead to back rooms to be executed in front of their parents. Sorry, your moronic statement actualy deserves no comment.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-28 08:50

      But everywhere else you're much less likely to be killed. Even in Syria apparently.

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-28 08:53

      Ironically, your name reflects something.....

      joy.termorshuizen - 2012-11-28 09:16

      That is a very stupid and insensitive remark!

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-28 09:16

      Of course but generally on a very small scale. In SA however one has an excellent chance of becoming a victim.

      delish7564 - 2012-11-28 09:20

      What an insensitive comment. Does that make it ok then? Any murder is appalling and yes we will all die one day, but.......... :(. Have a bit more compassion, then again with the lack of interest or will to do anything by the Govt, it's hardly surprising some people take this attitude!!

      lydia.benkenstein - 2012-11-28 11:04

      Sis man igshaanp, does it make this one ok? You miserable old sod.

  • dorette.forrester - 2012-11-28 08:36

    Farm murders has to stop. I agree, how can we still live in this country - it is becoming impossible. No law and order, rampant corruption, high taxes that are being used to line the pockets of politicians and tenderpreneurs. Children that do not even receive school books and inferior tuition. This country has gone down in the last three years like you cannot believe.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-11-28 08:37

    Sadly I would agree and wish you and your family well in any adopted country,many have left for the same reasons.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-28 08:46

    "She said the authorities claimed farm murders were exaggerated." We've been saying this is not the case for 20 years..

  • siyabonga.khumalo.108 - 2012-11-28 08:46

    sorry for your loss, i wish they find those killers and i wish you all the best on which ever country you wish to move to..

  • piet.lombard.5 - 2012-11-28 08:47

    Can't blame him if he leaves.... This is the WORST country for farmers to live in....

  • rhyno.saunderson - 2012-11-28 08:50

    This is really terrible.. Most sincere condolances to all involved

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-28 08:50

    Thre goes anather potential investor wen yr mther is well enough to travel TKE her with u hope she recovers soon

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-28 08:55

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you Robert and the rest of your family. Get out while you can with the rest of your family. This country is no longer the land of milk and honey but of fear and trepidation. I will pray for your mother's full recovery and wish you a safe journey to wherever it is you decide on. God bless.

  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-11-28 08:55

    I wish I was younger so that I can leave this country.

  • Riaan Cloete - 2012-11-28 08:56

    I agree that murder happens all over the word,but its sad to say that in our country its more acceptable,just a statistic.

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  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-11-28 08:58

    Welcome to my world - wish I had a British Passport....

  • flysouth - 2012-11-28 09:05

    How sad - but there is nowhere in the world where a government can repeatedly fail people in this manner and get away with it - consequences will be felt, if only through lack of food in years to come, an inevitable consequence as white farmers are driven off the land and either replace by black farmers lacking the capital and skills to farm efficiently or not replaced at all. That this family had to learn only after the death of their father of a 'spate of previous attacks in the area' is a shocking indictment of SAPS and our government, who have shown us over many years, their total disdain and disregard for the safety of citizens.

  • denis.gomo - 2012-11-28 09:07

    Farm murders are more of criminal acts targeting farm owners because their houses are isolated and mostly far from neighbours or police etc and are easy targets. Farmers are also believed to hold cash in their houses because they live far from amenities and cash points. A murder is a murder, no matter who of what colour has done it on who of what colour or profession. The pain of losing a loved one is the same. Unfortunately, while we sit and scratch our balls and try to colour code these dastardly acts, criminals don't look at their victims in colour, the only thing buzzing in their sick eyes are Rand signs.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-28 09:13

    very sad,wish you all the best

  • solly.shaba - 2012-11-28 09:14

    Sorry man. that was so uncalled for. So wish that you and your family try to be strong through this mess caused by these three heartles Lesotho guys. I agree your not being racist your mourning your dead's funeral, and whoever said your racist must go to hell. There is no time for such remarks in your situation. I was also going to leave the country. i WISH YOUR MAMA A SPEEDY RECOVERY. GOD BLESS!

  • thabiso.s.bokwe - 2012-11-28 09:18

    Unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege of building their family a R250mil safehouse. We need a government that will act NOW! From farmer to street dweller, no one is safe in this country. Bring back the bloody death penalty! Yes President Zuma, you need to wake up! Your taxpayers are DYING!!!

      wayne.debeer.52 - 2012-11-28 11:25

      Thank you well said we all have families that we worry about while we are away , maybe they should target crime instead of taxpayers

  • jaco.nel.5030 - 2012-11-28 09:19

    If you have the opportunity/choice to live in a civilized country, why would you want to stay in Africa? Go man! Would do the same if I could.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-28 09:23

    The idiot authorities say that fam murders are isolated incidents is it beacuse the farms are isolated is that how they are thinking. The stupid idiots will not see or do not want to see that Farming is an industry and because of the amount of land needed the farm houses are far apart

  • thomsoncandz - 2012-11-28 09:26

    Its not always the farmworkers attacking the farmers- what rubbish. There has been a time when it is outsiders with chips on there shoulder trying to make life difficult for everyone else-these same people will even take down the farmworkers themselves if they try stop them. Condolences to the family for there loss, to the Mother, I am sorry this has happened may God be with you and your family in this time and to the farmworker that tried to assist- well done -give that man a bells!!!

  • Ayanda M Masina II - 2012-11-28 09:30

    He can leave for we cannot beg him to stay however, death is everywhere and henious murders are all over not long ago in the US someone went into a Cinema and opened fire to movie goers. Farm murders in SA are not the only places where people die, Township murders happen DAILY , In Townhouses DAILY. The prisons in SA are overflowing, criminals are rampant. we must fight crime together as citizens we are all in this mess whichever way you look at it. Only Retards bring race issues where crime is concerned .

      tessarochelle - 2012-11-28 10:07

      Well said Ayanda.

      Heibrin - 2012-11-28 11:42

      @Ayanda: please explain to me why it is that only farm murders involves torturing the victims before they are killed? Why are women & children on farms raped, tortured and then only killed??

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-11-28 09:35

    Its no longer a case of ifcrime catches you. Its now becomes I said if I had the finance I would leave this place .

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-28 09:38

    Deeply sorry for this family. It is a fact that all Farmers are soft targets and never before has this situation escalated as it has in the past 3 years. We need to start a campaign of awareness abroad and keep on it until the ANC feels the pressure. There also must be no further investments in S.A. until the farm murders and attacks cease totally. We also need to pressure this Government to allow the Farmers to reinstate the Commandos. Does anyone see the parallel between the Commandos being banned and the increase in the farm murders and attacks in the past 3 years???? The farmers have an absolute right to protect themselves as set out in the Constitution. This issue needs to be tackled head on - we cannot go on just commenting on this site every time there is a brutal attack/farm murder.

  • Brendon Lotter - 2012-11-28 10:07

    If I were you, I would leave too! It seems that there is no more hope for this country! Sad, but true! We live like prisoners in our own homes and the criminals walk freely. The government has no intention on addressing crime, they are only concerned about living it up by means of taxpayer's money, but doesn't thinking farther that if the taxpayers are murdered, no more money for lavish lives! Idiots!!!

  • bruce.bennett.752 - 2012-11-28 11:00

    Thats why Im now in Australia.. How can any respectable parent raise a child in South African now days!!

  • abner.malema - 2012-11-28 11:10

    Crime is everywhere even in the West. in the townships people are killed daily but we never talk about race.

  • eve.hemming - 2012-11-28 11:26

    I'm writing a book about emigration from SA. Violent Crime is the number 1 reason re migration over the past 10 years. I was in denial, and I, (like all of us) stoically said that I have 'Africa in my bone marrow'. However, tragically one has to weigh up one's love for one's land and one's love of life. We chose the latter for various reasons; primarily re paving the way for a safe and more promising future for kids and, but in the final analysis the choice is theirs. I have followed News 24 closely since we left in 2008. The same questions are asked here again and again; 'When is it going to stop?' It was a shocking revelation for me to realise that possibly not in our lifetime, as the pendulum takes an age to swing. It could get worse before it gets better. It is still in the backlash stage. And one needs to look at the status quo in SA scientifically in terms of ratios:- demographics, numbers, percentages, how many people are impoverished, unemployed, suffering from PTSD, have HIV/AIDS, how many illegal immigrants are there adding to the load, how much corruption and crime.Plus- what is the service delivery, welfare, medical facilities, education, infrastructures re sustainability like? A VAST amount of International funding, policing, world aid, accelerated education & equity are required in a specific time frame. When does one make that definitive decision? When has one had 'enough'? Condolences to the family in Ficksburg. I send love & hope for all of SA.

  • iron.fist.123829 - 2012-11-28 11:33

    its approaching elections... all you will read about is farm murders, kandla, malema.... wonder why?

  • heikii.kawaguchi - 2012-11-28 11:39

    South Africa what are you doing to yourself. Why do you insist on having this violent ANC and some Malema free and asking for strange things. South Africa you could get away economically very well. You have people within you able to weather the storm but you decide to go Mugabe's way. You could very well with all the colors of your rainbow manage yourself but no. I cry over you South Africa for my love for you is neverending. If only you could gather your children and teach them to live in peace. I cry and ache South Africa.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-28 12:05

    @eve. Go ahead and write your book. I doubt that it will assist our cause. I doubt if the Western Powers give a fig what happens to our farmers. Zimbabwe a case of note.

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