North West farmer beaten to death

2012-04-03 14:22

Johannesburg - A farmer was beaten to death on Leeubos farm in Bloemhof, North West police said on Tuesday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the body of 46-year-old Adriaan Johannes van der Merwe was discovered on the floor of his study at about 07:00 on Tuesday with head injuries.

"The house was ransacked by the suspects."

Ngubane said it was believed that the unknown attackers gained entry into Van der Merwe's farmhouse by digging a hole underneath a security fence on Monday evening.

"The suspects broke open the front door of the farmhouse."

Van der Merwe's vehicle, a silver RAV 4 with registration number FTY116NW, was missing. Police called for anyone with information to contact their nearest police station or CrimeStop on 0860 10111.

  • Junebugg - 2012-04-03 14:28

    Shame RIP man, I bet these criminals will get 12 years only.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-04-03 14:53

      Mmmmm, now waiting for Mr extremist to kill 30 of them.... Will see if he was all bark and no bite or if he will follow up on his remark. My guess is they will not do anything and the slaughter will just continue as always, going past the government un-noticed. Just before you make a comment. I do not agree with those fools killing 30 black people for each boer murdered, would just be interesting to see if they have the goons to follow up on any statement...

      Jeanne - 2012-04-03 21:07

      Xenophobia, what xenophobia? Genocide, what genocide?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-03 14:31

    OMG not another "opportunistic robbery"!!!!! My heart breaks for the farmers in SA. RIP, Adriaan Johannes van der Merwe, you did not deserve this. Condolences to his family. When will this end???????

      J-Man - 2012-04-03 15:14

      When will it end? Never, with these useless clowns in power. The Death Penalty is a start, but we all heard what the Puppet master said about that.

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-03 14:32

    RIP.. Bring back the Death Penalty!

  • Partiboy - 2012-04-03 14:33

    Just another day in sunny SA

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-03 14:35

    senseless murder for what?? a car that will get recovered anyway... & possibly a few R100. Its an insult to animals to call these bottom feeders animals!

  • onlinebaas - 2012-04-03 14:36

    Mag God jou siel seën en hoop sy familie kry gemoedsrus. Please police... I don't want to hear my family members was killed by some deranged group or individuals. Help us, so that we may grow our great country and take it higher. Amen

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 14:36

    RIP and sincere condolences to your family and friends. Guess SAPS will say this was just another robbery that happened to turn into a murder.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-03 14:37

    Genocide! There is NO other word for it! Once again powers that be will sit with hands folded and do nothing!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 14:53

      The minorities will not lie silent forever. If these animals keep pushing, we will rise up. They have been warned ...

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-03 15:36

      oh ppl plz leave the farmers alone don't be stupid those ppl are innocnt

      mnthane - 2012-04-03 15:48

      Shirley and Charles u jump with joy every time a farmer get murdered coz its an opportunity 4 folk ur ilk 2 show their racial intolerance. If we make this a national crisis bcoz these contributes 2 loss of jobs 2 thousand poor farmworkers bcoz their employer is no more and food security then we wil win this war. My point here is that leave the race issue out and lets unite as citizens of this country to END brutal Farm murders. And don't use genocide like a consonant or vowel if u dnt knw its meaning.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 16:00

      mnthane, we're all for uniting and nation building, so what are you going to do about blacks who are murdering our white farmers? Just call it crime and ignore it? Or will you do something to help save our nation from starvation? Let's leave race out of it then, but what will you do?

      Shirley - 2012-04-03 16:03

      Mnthane: WHY on earth would I jump for joy at the cruel and brutal death of someone??????????. Do you honestly think that the guy who committed this murder gave a flying fig about job creation?? As long as there are songs sung to the tune of "kill the boer" these killings will ALWAYS be seen as racial.You talk about being united and then go on to tell me I dont know what genocide means! Fact: If white people went around slaughtering blacks in their homes-YOU would not be writing your "united column"

      mnthane - 2012-04-03 16:18

      Fact Mnthane is not black but and african then a south african, got that, thank you!!! Now u cn research and find all my posts here and u wil c that i dnt give a hoot abwt skin colour, i stand 4 the truth and facts if u cnt gv me that then u bcome the point to be viewed. The fact that some fat ignorant selfish youth leader sang a song does not mean i wil go get a gun and start shooting at people. And another fact sherly my dear is that Genocide mean killing of a certain ethnic or racial group by another and i have never heard of such in sa sofar. Criminals divide a country with racial lines and u r quick 2 jump and dance 2 their tune. Yes its Black people who kill a white farmer but are all blacks in these country celebrating?????

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-04 00:55

      The matter of 3000+ farm killings was recently discussed in the Dutch parliament, so other countries are starting to take note.

  • prince.mashao - 2012-04-03 14:43

    A Repeat Of A Terreblanche tragedy..With his trial endless, will this recent equal offenders be prosecuted?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 14:50

      The current regime protects criminals more than innocent victims. Another African tragedy ...

  • Felix - 2012-04-03 14:49

    Where are your sanctions now 'free world'?

      Irene - 2012-04-03 17:17

      It's only newsworthy when it's white on black but never black on white. Disgraceful.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-03 14:49

    The genocide continues, how much longer before the man on the street starts to fight back?

  • vuyo.mbizweni - 2012-04-03 14:49

    Those ppl who myk this horable thing they must be rote in jail,and must nt gt byl.

  • letlhogonolo.sealetsa - 2012-04-03 14:56

    RIP to this poor soul, my plea is for all you bloggers to not turn this into a racial or political issue. Crime is rife in all developing countries. Farm security need to be a priority for the police department especially stations that are situated near Farms.

      letlhogonolo.sealetsa - 2012-04-03 15:14

      Well there were bound to be idiots that would give this comments a thumps down

      Manu - 2012-04-03 15:22

      CharlesDumbwin, the reason that what you describe doesn't happen is because in other countries you don't have relatively well off families living in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a sea of poverty. If you have farmers living in fancy houses in isolation surrounded by very poor people, is it any surprise if some of these poor decide to get it into their heads to steal? I agree with letlhogonolo, this is not a racial issue. It's an economic and social issue.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:32

      So that makes it okay to steal? Rubbish! What's worse here is, stealing is one thing, but why do these animals have to come and murder families??? Your reasoning is flawed.

      modumo - 2012-04-03 15:34

      @Charles..Please get over it, it is not racially motivated, in most cases you find that the communities around the farms are quite small and everyone knows everyone, so when they decide for what ever evil reason they have to go rob a farm, they go there with the mindset that the farmers are rich the fundamental problem is that when they get there they need to also get rid of any witnesses including the victim.. My suggestion is if you see anyone on your property whether in the suburbs or not, shoot first and ask later because these guys are not there to play with you, they will take you out. Once again Charles its not directed at whites, I have a black friend who own a farm in the North West and they tried the same thing with him, all ill say is that he sorted them out.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:37

      Then why murder, modumo? Why? You can tie someone up and steal and leave. You don't need to smash someone's head to pieces so that he dies. Go do some research on farm invasions and attacks. Go look at the photo's of white babies burned and mutilated. Don't tell us it's not racial hatred. It is !!!

      mnthane - 2012-04-03 15:40

      Charles Dumb and Dumber u lose this time around when we loose a farmer whether by violent crime or otherwise we lose food security as a country and other ppl lose employment. This is a national crisis.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:42

      mnthane, why the name calling? are we enemies? NO. Yes it is crime, obviously, but to say that it's not always racial hatred? Come on dude, go look at the pictures. It's horrific. And yes, one less farmer is less food for our nation. So let's go educate these idiots so that we don't all starve !!!

      Manu - 2012-04-03 15:43

      Charles, you can act indignant all you want, but that doesn't change the situation on the ground. I have been to some of these farms and the farmers live in splendour oblivious to the poverty around them. Now let me share a secret with you, poverty dehumanises people. It can bring out the worst in a person in a way you cannot imagine.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:49

      I can understand that, but is that okay then for people who want to steal, to murder familes and even little white babies? Is that okay?

      mnthane - 2012-04-03 15:57

      Charlie Charlie, dude u just dnt get it do you? If we make this a racial issue what is it that we stand to achieve? If u say these black animals kill our white farmers wat is it that u r saying that all black people want farmers dead is that it? Make this what it is a national issue that needs all of us to stand up and fyt it as a collective. DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE STAND ITS NOT A BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE hence the name calling.

      James - 2012-04-03 15:59

      Manu and the others using poverty as an excuse, google INDIA and have a look at what poverty as well as inequality is. There are 1.2 Billion people in India, most poor, yet they don't murder those that do have. Why?

      Manu - 2012-04-03 16:02

      Charles, is murder ok under any circumstance? No. But do we expect it to happen from time to time? Yes. Why? Because there is evil in this world. Some are born evil but most are conditioned to evil. If you are born poor and every day of your life you have to watch another person life in wealth and comfort, then eventually something in you is going break. Your humanity will evaporate and you will do things that will make some say, "But how can a human being do something like this?" When the dehumanisation of the poor is ended the crime rate will drop dramatically. Any city person will tell you "Don't flash your money in the poor areas", but I guess those in the rural areas have yet to learn this wisdom.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 16:05

      mnthane - you are missing the point, dude. we can say that blacks are murdering white on these farms, because THEY ARE! Duh. That's the facts. It's hard NOT to think of this in terms of racial hatred. Secondly, no one is saying that ALL BLACKS want to kill whites. Don't try put words in my mouth, no one said that. Like I say, we're all for nation building, just seems that there are elements in society who would rather kill, even when they don't really have to.

      Manu - 2012-04-03 16:12

      James, who told you that there is no murder amongst the poor in India? Where did you get that from? What you are describing is something out of the realms of fantasy. Wherever there is extreme wealth side by side with extreme wealth there is going to be crime and its likely to be violent.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 16:16

      Manu - Huh? So you are now saying that extremely wealthy people kill other extremely wealthy people? Are you mad?

      Manu - 2012-04-03 16:23

      Charles, That was typo I meant, "Wherever there is extreme wealth side by side with extreme poverty there is going to be crime and its likely to be violent. "

      piet.strydom - 2012-04-03 16:38

      @Manu - The number of murders in India is the same as the number of murders in SA. And they have 300 times more people than SA.....

      Riëtte - 2012-04-03 17:02

      @ manu, so if you are poor it's okay to go murder and take what you want? good, then maybe some poor white people can go steal from rich black people in sandton and beat them to death for a car, will you also have such a non-chalant view?

      Mark - 2012-04-03 17:16

      The general drift seems to be that farmers stand out like sore thumbs and are surrounded by poor, uneducated and resentful people. I can't argue with that. What I object to is a certain smugness in some comments lamenting, but also indirectly justifying the farm-killings. What is the solution? Farmers almost always house workers. Workers will generally accomodate or support friends and relatives who are even more unfortunate than they perceive themseves to be. The workers themselves, especially those who are only required for their manual labour, choose Agricultural work as employment of last resort. Some cannot compete successfully for better prospects in town. The skills and training are not there. This, I believe, is the root of resentment and will also be fuelled by the historical perception of farmers. For these reasons I would agree that socio-economic factors may well be the major reason for the killing of farmers, but I cannot agree that race has no role to play. Whatever the solution(s) it will take a long time to help poor people to get skilled and give them hope, thereby changing attitudes. Till then, farm security is absolutely necessary to protect life. Mechanisation will also inevitably speed up - to the detriment of employment of last resort.

      Manu - 2012-04-03 17:18

      Riette, your attitude is exactly why this problem will persist in your community. Rather than confront the source of the problem or understand it, you prefer to dwell on irrelevancies and non-issues. You cannot seem to accept that maybe your relationship with those around you maybe a big part of the problem. Look at this, "so if you are poor it's okay to go murder and take what you want?" Did I say that? Where did I say that? I don't for one moment believe that you didn't understand my point, because it is a very simple point. What you did was just another form of deflecting from the core issue, that isolation combined with opulance in the middle of poverty is a sure recipe for trouble.

      James - 2012-04-03 18:22

      Manu, where did I say that there is no murder in India? Read Piet Strydom's comment, he went and did the googling for you. Does it make sense now? Don't avoid the answer you clearly don't posses as to why the poor in India do not murder the rich, and excuse their barbaric behavior on "poverty".

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-04-03 20:59

      Lethogonolo. I appreciate your comment and I feel that people like you calm me down much if I try to put myself in your position. I just must ask you a few questions, but I do not expect answers. Why was the commando system REALY disbanded?? How can you or anybody NOT see this as a racial first, and political situiation at all. A blind man can feel it with a stick. Otherwise you and all the people on this forum must be totaly ignorant and duff. Well brainwashed. On the matter of police stations you mentioned. Picture the farms. Ride out of the city and have a look around you. Where, and how big is the police station, and how big is the farms????

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-04-03 21:00

      Oh yes, 10 of my family and friends have been murdered by blacks since 1994. Not one of my family and friends even hit a black since then.

  • Manu - 2012-04-03 14:58

    Another needless loss of life. Crime is about need and opportunity, and unfortunately in a country with a high crime rate, because of their isolation farms make good targets.

  • Rifkar Ramovha - 2012-04-03 15:02

    How do u do tht to human being.may his soul rest in peace.

      Tanie - 2012-04-03 17:58

      Ironically they will not feel the same for you and do not think you are human.To me I do not give a sh.t

  • godesha - 2012-04-03 15:06

    Just this morning I read on Beeld's site that 80 people are now unemployed and homeless because the farmer they worked for was murdered. I guess this adds to the unemployment rate then. RIP Adriaan, I am sorry you had to become another statistic.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-03 15:16

    Can we not as South Africans call on the government to reinstate the Commando's. These guys can help protect our venerable farmers. They are soft targets for these ruthless murderers. You hear of these stories on daily basis lately. Its shocking. Condolences to his family for there tragic loss.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:32

      Yes, commandos in the rural farming areas. Makes perfect sense!

      Manu - 2012-04-03 15:49

      This will not solve anything. Firstly it's too expensive and secondly it's going to turn farms into military operations and after that no one will be safe.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 15:53

      Manu, 'too expensive'? You mean like our defunct FIFA soccer stadiums? Or SAA? Or SABC? Or the eTolls? If there money to be wasted on rubbish iniatives, then the government should have money to protect our farmers and our national food supply.

      Manu - 2012-04-03 16:18

      Charles, the stadiums, SAA, SABC or whatever were on-off costs. What is being suggested here is permanent. In your mind what would it cost to have a military unit guard a farm for a month? Will the farmer foot the bill or will government have to cover the cost? What effect will that have on the cost of production and the price of food? In my mind it's much cheaper to uplift the life of neighbouring communities and reduce the wealth gap.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 16:22

      That is a good idea, but why one and not both? It might take years for the community to be 'uplifted', but until then, our farmers and our national food supply is at risk. Don't you think that's an asset worth protecting? Worth spending money on? And commando's don't stake out one farm, they would be regional and service a number of communities. If government can spend billions on an arms deal we didn't need, then they can find the money to protect our national food supply.

      Manu - 2012-04-03 16:56

      Why not both? Because one removes the motivation for the other. You bring in commandos, and after that how motivated will you be to improve the life of the community? Improving community spirit doesn't take much and it can be done withing the space of a month. It's the easiest thing to do.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 17:03

      manu - 'within the space of a month'? really? a whole community? So how long does it take them to find the murderers in the community who are attacking farmers? Will they change too? If you theory is right, then we start with community upliftment, but then shortly afterwards, introduce the commandos as well, to ensure the protection of our country's food supply

      Manu - 2012-04-03 17:27

      Charles, it's not a theory. I have seen it in practice in the scandanavian countries and FYI community upliftment isn't just about money. But you know what I am starting to think that maybe you folks lack the smarts to solve your problems intelligently. Go ahead militarise your farms and we will see if you will be any safer.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:42

      Manu, when you say "you folks" are you referring to South Africans or just SA farmers? Are you living in SA and a SA citizen? FYI there used to be a commando type system in farming communities and it was disbanded by government.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:47

      Scandinavia has low unemployment rates, no race issues in farming communities and they haven't had 3000+ farmers brutally killed in the last 15 years.

  • Keith - 2012-04-03 15:44

    Julius malema's supportes carry on killing our hardworking farmers who are creating jobs and supplying agricultural goods to feed our nation, when you imbeciles have wiped out all our innocent farmers you're going to eat your own poo for supper because killing farmers is like stabbing or shooting the hand that feeds you.

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-04-03 15:57

    Oh god our people today change from human become dogs where is humanity RIP pepetrators where they are hiding their last day is also coming

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-04-03 15:58

    Oh god our people today change from human become dogs where is humanity RIP pepetrators where they are hiding their last day is also coming

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:06

      Dogs don't behave like this - dogs are loving, loyal creatures.

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-04-03 16:00

    Oh god our people today change from human become dogs where is humanity RIP pepetrators where they are hiding their last day is also coming

  • Japana101 - 2012-04-03 16:14

    Something is definitely wrong with this NW. Why are farmers from this area being murdered at such a rate? I think this part of the country needs reforms and be taught to be tolerant with each other. But also the farmers that side invite it upon themselves. I mean how can you raise an old S.A. flag? What for? What do you gain from it? Why would you openly wish to live the old apartheid life? I think its time some people realize that its better to embrace the new S.A. and move forward. O'wise you die this way. For nothing.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 16:18

      So the animals just kill because someone raised an old flag? That's a pathetic reason to murder someone. Pathetic.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:02

      With the way the youth league has been encouraging farm murders, you don't have to wonder why farmers are being killed.

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:04

      And do you think the 3year old little girl ( Pretorius) killed on a Free State farm about a year ago also did something wrong ?

  • mnthane - 2012-04-03 16:33

    When does it END. When will the law enforcement agencies and the educated few stand up and actually do something. Father, Husband, son and brother gone. Food security and employment gone. Something has to give. RIP.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 17:05

      This one farmer was employing and feeding how many in their community? And now what? All the people have nothing. Talk about biting the hand that feeds them !!!

  • Irene - 2012-04-03 17:18

    Wonder how many families won't have jobs anymore. Starve!

  • Tanie - 2012-04-03 17:55

    I feel like offering someone BELLS, couldn't laugh louder.I never knew that I'm so ticklish, what the news to down lunch with.Goodies!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:37

    If these 3000+ farm murders were committed purely because of poverty, why then not just steal what they want but there is such brutality, a year ago even a 3 year old girl shot on a Free State farm and this farmer beaten to death. There are many poor people in this world but very few people have it inside of them to kill so brutally. And how many of these farm murderers go to the houses of wealthy black people and commit such horrible crimes. These farm murders are racially motivated, fuelled by the youth league's encouragement and government's lack of action. ( for those of you doubting that, read some of the comments on Mail&Guardian's Facebook articles - it really was an eye- opener )And these criminals know they most likely won't get caught and even when they do

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-03 20:38

      the punishment won't fit the crime - try behaving like that in the Middle East.

      annie.kalahari - 2012-04-04 07:33

      I have been recording these events in detail ever since 1987 in my own archives (I am a retired SA/Dutch journalist) because the SAPS does not maintain those statistics of these inexplicable, excessively violent attacks against Afrikaner farmers. There is nothing 'normal' about spending hours torturing people, cutting off their body parts while they are still alive, and spouting racist hatespeech at them while these defenceless victims are being murdered. The hatespeech is often recorded by the survivors yet the SA police reports ALWAYS omit them. If the SAPS was honest and wrote down every word which these murder-gangs had uttered while they were decimating yet another Afrikaner family, the whole world would know that these are crimes based purely on hatred of the victim. And for many of these organised gangs, it's also a fact that they often drive 200km from one township to go and attack one specific farm, passing by many more lucrative targets along the way, is another very important clue which should make people sit up and take notice that there is nothing 'ordinary' about the murder-campaign against Afrikaner farmers. Only 3 percent of these murder-gangs are ever captured, but whenever they are, it's also often a fact that there are police officers or military officers amongst the attackers. There are many other aspects which collectively, indicate that these attacks against Afrikaner farmers are designed to terrorise/murder the farm-owners.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-04 14:51

      This is a reply to: annie.kalahari......dear lady if you have this kind of info, and your connections....why are you not taking this to the they may see how our farmers are under a huge threat. If I had the know how and your stats on SA farm killings ...I could not keep quiet. I personally, even though I do not have or own a farm, have always had total out rage and anger everytime a farm murder is reported.I feel that this situation is direr and should be exposed... please do something Annie.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-03 22:25

    Can not understand why people are killing the farmers.....these farmers provide us with our food...where is the common sense of an individual who would do this?...

  • philip.dewaal - 2012-04-07 20:04

    Keep on killing farmers,you will all die soon of hunger,like the rest of africa

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