Six held for farmer, family's murder

2010-12-02 18:38

Bloemfontein - Six people were arrested and were being questioned over the brutal murder of a Lindley family on Thursday, Free State police said.

"The investigating team managed to take six people into custody and they are still being questioned," said spokesperson Motantsi Makhele.

A team consisting of members attached to organised crime, crime intelligence and visible policing started following leads and information from the scene.

"At about 14:30 they managed to track down six possible suspects, one firearm whose ownership couldn't be verified yet and the bank cards belonging to the 40-year-old deceased were also found."

Three of the suspects were arrested on the farm, while other three were picked up in the town of Lindley, Makhele said.

Most of the suspects are in their early twenties.

Stabbed, shot

Attie Potgieter, his wife Wilma and their daughter Willemien, 3 were found murdered on their farm on Thursday morning.

It seemed the farmer, in his 40s, was stabbed, while his wife and daughter were shot.

Commercial farming body, Free State Agriculture, condemned the killing.

Chief executive Henk Vermeulen said: "We condemn the senseless murder in the strongest possible terms."

Vermeulen said the criminals showed that they had no respect for "civilisation, people's lives" and law-abiding citizens.

"Criminals assume they have the right to attack citizens and in this case murder them."

He expressed the organisation's sympathy to the Potgieter family, and urged farmers in the Free State to get involved in the Free State Agriculture and police rural safety plan.

  • MrSpiderman - 2010-12-02 18:47

    Amazing how three worked on the farm? Now that is what you call: "Kak op jou eie voorstoep!"

      Dasha - 2010-12-03 09:15

      @Arthur Phili - Mandela is a great man. umkhonto we sizwe was formed to fight for the rights of the oppressed people. he rejected his freedom then because at that time violence was the only way to get the attention of the apartheid government. they tried many ways to be heard before turning to violence but the apartheid government refused to listen. dont just mention parts of the fact. to get a better understanding read his autobiograpghy. Mandela is one of the few great people in this world. he put the needs of this country and the people before his own. i totally disagree with Malema but he is nothing like Mandela. i personally believe that the majority of current memembers of the ANC have forgotten the vaules and mission of the people like Mandela and Oliver Tambo. These men believed in a free and fair south africa for all.

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-03 10:59

      @Dasha, and now we are vitims and we have tried many ways to stop the violence of the ANC..... it's time to remove the ANC and all who support it

  • Sinudeity - 2010-12-02 18:47

    Yeah, 6 men to take out a sleeping husband, wife and their 3 year old kid. Put these dogs out of their misery please. They dont deserve to breathe the same air we do.

      Jack - 2010-12-02 20:25

      These creatures are a product of their culture, where there is zero respect for life! We have so many psychopath creatures amongst us it is unbelievable. A 3 year old girl. Lord help us.

      Saambou - 2010-12-02 21:04

      And then we have to fight with the ANC not to sing kill the boer WTF!! I say this is another reason for not only that song to be banned but for our gov to be held accountable for their actions or lack thereoff!

      PrefabSprout - 2010-12-03 07:33

      Yes, I agree,well said. What courage it must have taken 6 adult men (men??) to overpower the farmer and his family. Bring back the rope!

      Polo - 2010-12-03 09:42

      I agree with Lilian...dogs will NEVER do that...all animals have a inborn code of ethics....these are not even animals, they are savages

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  • Roxy - 2010-12-02 18:51

    Hmmm note the suspects are all in their early 20's. HMmmmmmm I'm pretty sure they are supporters of ANCYL, this is Malema's plan. "Kiss" the Boer!

  • wdvilliers - 2010-12-02 18:54

    Bring back the DEATH SENTENCE NOW!!!!

      PerciusJcksn - 2010-12-02 19:56

      all this will do is force people to leave no witnesses, I hear you ... I say go Merc to bring back law and order. If the SAPS can't do it and Govt won't, the rath of the innocent must be delivered in person!

  • Foreigner - 2010-12-02 19:12

    Wake up! The brutal murders of farmers in South Africa is nothing other than ethnic cleansing. Why are people in SA so ignorant. This is ANCYL policy. - 2010-12-03 11:09

      this is no ethnic cleansing. if it is then what do you refer to the killings of thousands of activists pre1994? was the NP government ever charged with Genocide? what we see here its crime and crime affects everyone, Black, Indian, White, etc

  • Foreigner - 2010-12-02 19:12

    Wake up! The brutal murders of farmers in South Africa is nothing other than ethnic cleansing. Why are people in SA so ignorant. This is ANCYL policy.

  • Foreigner - 2010-12-02 19:12

    Wake up! The brutal murders of farmers in South Africa is nothing other than ethnic cleansing. Why are people in SA so ignorant. This is ANCYL policy.

  • Foreigner - 2010-12-02 19:12

    Wake up! The brutal murders of farmers in South Africa is nothing other than ethnic cleansing. Why are people in SA so ignorant. This is ANCYL policy.

  • Glenn - 2010-12-02 19:14

    What I call stupid, unnecessary, savage, uncivilized, cruel, thoughtless (now they are all out of work) - dumb stupid f'in ......

      Michelle - 2010-12-03 07:45

      Glen, that is not a problem ~ IF they go to jail, there is a nice warm bed, running water, toilet paper, 3 square meals a day, TV to watch AND, BONUS they don't have to work for it!

  • Foreigner - 2010-12-02 19:15

    Wake up! The brutal murders of farmers in South Africa is nothing other than ethnic cleansing. Why are people in SA so ignorant. This is ANCYL policy.

      pop101 - 2010-12-03 09:47

      I say, go drop them of in the middle of the Namib desert. Let them be die slowly of sunstroke, hunger and thirst, while feeding the wild animals.

  • moongoddess2410 - 2010-12-02 19:18

    WOW this was quick. Lets hope that the guys get what they deserve. Regardless, sensless killing and raping must STOP. RIGHT here and RIGHT NOW!!!! You know we "new age" people might have a different perspective how things should/can work . . lets hope and pray, that we have a chance to make this wolrd a better place. For us and our kids. Enough killing, enough.

      Barry - 2010-12-03 08:49

      They will all be out on the streets in no time. ANC policy

  • Stryder - 2010-12-02 19:20

    Wonder what the excuses for the brutal murders are going to be. Lets guess, they were hungry, they were called the K word, the ancestors told them, they were sodomised, the owner was a racist. Which excuse do you think, will give them the shortest term in prison, where they can enjoy tv, cellphones, cooked meals etc at the cost of us as the taxpayer.

      hylavniekerk - 2010-12-02 19:57

      All true. Don't forget to add to your list the feud could have been because of a salary dispute. (like in a previous case) They are all animals. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. They should be shot execution style,they should die the same way as the way they killed the farmers. Show no mercy!!

      Picasso - 2010-12-03 08:34

      Morons like Koosie is already blaming apartheid for the murders.

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-02 19:26

    3 worked on the farm. My friend was also murdered by a "trusted" employee. These criminals are psychopaths, no normal human being can do something like this. No human.

      jimmy jazz - 2010-12-02 22:05

      this is exactly why i no longer employ a domestic worker or a gardener . they will watch you , slyly , and then strike when you are at your most vulnerable . watch "Africa Adio" to get the picture . the night of the long knives is already , subtlely, under way .

      allie - 2010-12-03 11:54

      If your gardener is black,ask him for his cellphone.Like me you`l probably find photos of your house ,your security systems,your dog etc.on it

  • Parko - 2010-12-02 19:32

    Malema is responsible... he gave the instruction with his song. Why is this not clear ?

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2010-12-03 08:35

      I agree. The families of the deceased should actually take Malemma to court. He should be criminally charged with murder or at least for orchestrating the murders. Next alternative is to start killing these bastards off ourselves. Just make sure that get the criminals only and make an example of them! Public executions and pleeease give me the rapists to deal with....I only need an old blunt blade!! White people have the tendency to talk, complain & moan! What do we do about it? Sweet Fuck all. Lets take a lesson from the blacks, they stand together. It is time that we actually stood up and put our money where our mouths are and DID something!

  • dwmllr - 2010-12-02 19:33


  • moongoddess2410 - 2010-12-02 19:34

    Oh sorry, we just talking outside. Have one suggestion for punishment for rapists: a) two bricks and take the balls and SMASH b) leave the balls and cut the penis off!! And then let them go!

      pop101 - 2010-12-03 09:48

      The Liberals and Human Rights people will feel sorry for these guys.

      pop101 - 2010-12-03 09:50

      Pull a nail of a finger every month. By the time you reach nail no. 20, a new one should have appeared on finger or toe no. 1 to pull again. Keep going for the full sentence.

  • JFM - 2010-12-02 19:38

    They are SICK and should be permanently removed from society!! Under no circumstances should they be allowed by the judicial system back into the community. It is the duty of the people in the area to see to that ! JFM

      Chibuli - 2010-12-02 20:07

      I agree - mandatory life sentence (where life means life). No bail, no parole, no appeal - sentenced to die in jail. Prison should be used to remove dangerous criminals from society, not for "punishment". Wake up, South Africa - tell your politicians what you want - don't let them continue being incompetent and getting away with it.

      Barry - 2010-12-03 08:52

      JFM, they will be allowed back in the community. Malema will make sure of that. He is the true murderer.

  • Helen Paizes - 2010-12-02 19:47

    What cowards & low lifes lock em up.Throw away the key.Please if anyone calls them animals I'll scream,animals don't do such henuous deeds, poverty is also not an excuse anymore neither is colour,or race.I have known extreme poverty in my youth what I have today came from shere hard work and honesty.I did not kill or harm anyone to get where I am today. This filth should be deprived of all human dignity.

  • Pine - 2010-12-02 19:49

    Just get rid of these buggers. Hulle is niks anders as barbare nie!!

  • wduv - 2010-12-02 19:50

    DEATH PENALTY! The ONLY HOPE for SA! A 3 year old little girl...

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-02 19:50

    SAD to say... but they will get BAIL by Monday morning and never to be seen in a court room again. Investigating COPS will ENSURE a couple of BLUNDERS happen, whist investigating the case, and the perpetrators will WLAK AWAY, SCOTT FREE!!!! And MALEMA sits back and SMILES!!!!!!! "Kiss the Boer... KISS the Framer" Savages should get shot at the back of the very farmhouse, WITHOUT A TRIAL!!!!!

  • Saambou - 2010-12-02 19:57

    When will we have a propper investigation into these killings. There is something going on in SA and it is not good. There is no good reason for killing child excecution style.... why???? Why do I think all the killings are linked somehow.

  • Carolyn - 2010-12-02 19:58

    Give them to us, and we will deal with these bastards in our way, the courts are not able to give harsh punishment to them, they all deserve to be decapitated, Bl--dy Bl--k Bas-ar-s

  • Pothole - 2010-12-02 20:02

    I wonder what pigface Malema think when he read this kind of news. The pig is quiet these days. I think he is becoming scared and hiding in a hole somewhere.

  • Andre - 2010-12-02 20:06

    hoekom moet ons so bloei

  • Perfume - 2010-12-02 20:09

    As long as the ANC is in government we will keep reading of families being murdered, women and children being raped, they are not interested in the other races of this country, wake up people ANC "AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS" means they stand for what is AFRICAN!!!!!!! period, to shoot a 3 year old little girl in cold blood, leaves me speechless to comment.

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  • dwmllr - 2010-12-02 20:10

    We need MORE than a rural safety plan. We need rural justice. Let the PEOPLE decide the sentence for these despicable cowards, they do not deserve to see another day!

  • letstakeastandwhitersa - 2010-12-02 20:12

    I think white farmers should know that certain blacks in their surrounding areas can and most likely will target them at some point, its a statistical probability that NO ONE in RSA can deny. My advice to white farmers in RSA. If I was you, sleep with your rifles in your bedroom and put anyone down who threatens you or your family, you have to start putting the fear of grave consequences back into the bastards who think they can get away with it. Bury them on your farm as you have 100's of acres and no one will know better except their friends back at the shebeen who were waiting for them to come back with your stolen money and property. TAKE A STAND AGAINST THESE DEMONS, GIVE THEM A ONE WAY TICKET TO THE HOTTEST PART OF HELL!!

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2010-12-03 08:43

      Oooo yeah!! 200 out of 100!! Fully agree!! Why must the tax payer, which is majority white, pay for their trials and their accommodation in prison (if they ever get there)! An eye for an eye, you steal, I'll chop your hand off, you murder someone, either you die or someone in your family dies, you rape, your penis gets sliced off in slices with a blunt blade in public!!

  • slug - 2010-12-02 20:19

    yes, our judical system will put them where they belong, but unfortunatly they still got rights, by casting a vote if they are south africans. this is the anc and not the youth league. the youth league is merely the little foot soldiers for the anc. the youth league are being groomed by its party. wake up south africa, you are the next zimbabwe.

  • Jack - 2010-12-02 20:20

    they kill a 3 year old and expect us not to be racist, fing animals. make me sick to the stomach....

      taf.jizz - 2010-12-03 10:52

      Not every black person is out there killing 3year olds. Crime is despicable I agree. Maybe take it to yourself to check how many 3 year olds are being murdered and raped in locations. That happens I dont see pages over pages of forum. Crime needs a collective stand beyond skin colour, but I guess that 1 thing we both agree its not going to happen in our life time.

  • Davie - 2010-12-02 20:30

    Hoh, Thank God they've caught them. Good Work SAPS.

      Kenko - 2010-12-03 08:45

      Davie, they were caught but will be free soon. The only difference is that now they will be heros to their own people.

      Richard - 2010-12-03 12:11

      CONGRATULATIONS DAVIE: yr the only one so far to remark on the good work of the saps in this instance & other murders

  • elsabie - 2010-12-02 20:45

    I knew her, she is an old school friend, and this is awful!! I'm just glad they caught the bastards.

      Jack - 2010-12-02 21:12

      sorry to hear! but because of our sicko country men she WAS an old school friend.

  • David - 2010-12-02 22:01

    What happened to the death sentence. Nothing else will stop this senseless slaughter. u murder a 3 year old and get free food, television, medical, the vote etc. for life!!!!

      Richard - 2010-12-03 12:15

      David unfortunately the death sentence had to go , you cant expect the anc to go hanging its voters now, can u ?

  • CyberDog - 2010-12-02 22:36

    Genocide in slow motion, this is why nobody can see it and the masses now have six more heroes.

  • Bull Terrier - 2010-12-02 22:46

    I strongly disagree with the death penalty advocates, killing them is too mercifull. They should be systematically & scientifically tortured until they beg to be killed. Then you intensify your efforts making sure they do not die

  • JH - 2010-12-02 23:52

    I await with bated breath for ANC politicians to condemn this act. I fear this will just be another deafening silence when it comes to black on white violence.

  • georgelj - 2010-12-03 03:55

    Bring back the death penalty!

  • Willie - 2010-12-03 04:34

    Something serious is wrong with a large portion of the South African population. Past and present responsible leaders must be deeply concerned and ashamed of the level of civilization displayed by so many of their compatriots. Creatures doing what these murderers, and other murderers of farmers who first tortured their victims in the most horrific ways possible, cannot be classified as human. Or is this part of a plan to drive farmers off their land so that the masses can move in? (And change paradise into desert; food basket into barren land) Sorry ANC but I lay these atrocities before your door. The measures that you have taken to eradicate these murders leave so much to be desired that it creates the impression you condone and approve; and encourage through the "Kill the farmer, kill the boer" slogans by prominent leaders like Malema; which the party now defends in court as being part of the heritage as a freedom song. What a tragic situation does South Africa find itself in!!

  • Stuart - 2010-12-03 06:05

    Bring back the death penalty!!!!!!

  • ebdg3000 - 2010-12-03 06:26

    Petrol bomb the police van that they travel to court in. Use 2 bombs: throw one through the grating so that it breaks and starts burning inside the back where these scum are, and throw the other against the backdoor so that nobody can open it.

  • ebdg3000 - 2010-12-03 06:31

    By the way, good work by the SAPS to catch them so quickly. Now the courts will have their way and foul everything up: they'll be out on bail in no time, and eventually either acquitted due to lack of evidence,lying, etc.

      FreeMan2 - 2010-12-03 07:02

      Yes, I agree. Well done SAP.

  • Retahreffak - 2010-12-03 06:50

    IHK, perhaps we should killing them , you know who

  • Margaret - 2010-12-03 07:26

    These are not dog's,dog's or any animal kill for a reason it's part of nature, these so called human's are pieces of useless "shit" their hands and feet need to be cut off and a gun shot in each knee and left in a cell without water and food, till trial, imagine the horror this young family went through it sadens me immensely it is just so unfair, agree Malema is part of this, ANCYL, they target useless teenagers that blame it on "APARTHEID" that they are not "educated", to do these killings, promise them the "BIG TIME" "you all suck", get out there, do something constructive like in "KILL" YOUR own (the AIDS proceedure is far to slow)

  • Jou-Ma - 2010-12-03 07:58

    Kill them and their families. These FKN bastards dont deserve to live or breed.

  • a.bryanh - 2010-12-03 07:58

    I wonder what the canadian government thinks of this?as this is not racial right!murder a three year old,the suspects are too young to use "THE APARTHEID EXCUSE" NOT UNTIL all PEOPLE ACCEPT THAT THERE is open hatred by many blacks and whites towards each other {with the whites not going around butchering people}will we be able to start doing something about this,and most news people dont help when they attack {with their pens}anyone who openly states..I FEAR BLACKS.

      taf.jizz - 2010-12-03 10:54

      Not every black person is out there killing 3year olds. Crime is despicable I agree. Maybe take it to yourself to check how many 3 year olds are being murdered and raped in locations. That happens I dont see pages over pages of forum. Crime needs a collective stand beyond skin colour, but I guess that 1 thing we both agree its not going to happen in our life time.

  • Jim - 2010-12-03 08:01

    This is the act of SAVAGES, people dont do these things.

  • Jim - 2010-12-03 08:03

    These are SAVAGES, who dont believe in God or anything and have no values.

  • Vedder - 2010-12-03 08:04

    Killed just before your 3rd xmas!!