Wheelchair-bound farmer robbed

2012-05-03 16:08

Johannesburg - A 96-year-old wheelchair-bound farmer has been robbed by six men who broke into his house in Bothaville, Free State police said on Thursday.

Two of the six men attacked two of the farmer's security guards with a hammer, injuring them, at about 20:20 on Tuesday, said Captain Stephen Thakeng.

A worker was hit on the back of neck before being forced to the guards' house.

"He realised that both security guards were bleeding profusely," said Thakeng.

The robbers used a crowbar to force open the security door to the main house. Farmer Frikkie Rautenbach and a nurse were inside.

The intruders demanded cash, Thakeng said. When they were told there was no money, they pulled the nurse's hair and demanded cash.

The nurse told the robbers that Rautenbach had the safe key. They searched him and found it in his pocket.

They tied up the nurse with a telephone cord and searched the house for the safe, which they found and opened. They took an undisclosed amount of money, a 9mm firearm and two cellphones.

Rautenbach was not harmed.

"The suspects demanded the key of the bakkie from the farmer and it was given to them. They tried to drive it, but the bakkie hit a tree inside the farmhouse yard [sic]," said Thakeng.

The robbers ran away.

Thakeng said the guards were taken to Nala hospital. One of them later fell into a coma and was transferred to a Bloemfontein hospital.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-03 16:10

    Atleast you were not killed (like the rest of us) 'ol man...get well soon

      Vhonks - 2012-05-03 16:13

      Are you typing from the other side if you were killed

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-03 16:16

      hahaha...nope...just haven't been included in the statistics

      Mzamo - 2012-05-03 16:46

      @Vhonks - there is technology on the other side! Peter is a witness! May be he can tell us more LOL!!

      modumo - 2012-05-03 16:51

      You dont seem dead to me Peter-Pan

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-03 16:54

      im the tokoloshi! come back to haunt you all...whoo hahahahahaha

      Alfred - 2012-05-03 16:58

      One of the guards is still in a coma so don't count your chickens yet but yes, the fact that they only came in swinging a hammer and not shooting, raping and butchering the first thing that moves as usual is a pleasant surprise. I wonder what the folks from civilised countries think when they read that... *Luckily*, they only came in swinging hammers?

  • Dave - 2012-05-03 16:12

    Juju's song keeps bearing fruit, no matter what excuse he has for sing it. When a leader of people sets the example others will follow to make him proud. You don't hear him telling his followers not to kill the farmers

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-03 16:15

    I hope the security guard has a full recovery.

  • Azmeena - 2012-05-03 16:15

    Nothing is sacred in this country anymore. The poor man is 96 years old. Enough is enough. Castrate those Bastards

      Erna - 2012-05-03 16:21

      Unfortunately castrating them won't affect their brain power!

      George - 2012-05-03 16:41

      No some good ol' township justice. They know they can't get away with it in the townships so they do it on the farms.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-03 16:15

    I thought the 'young lions' were brave? Why does it take a gang of six of them to come to attack a 96-year-old in a wheelchair? They don't sound brave at all. They sound like COWARDS !!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-03 16:18

    i wonder if they get caught if they'll be charged with robbery...

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-03 16:30

      it will depend if they are under 14 years old or not...

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-03 16:21

    This article should be titled, "security guard in coma after 96 y/o farmer robbed." I mean, it sad that they would target the elderly and disabled, but it is even more sad that the security guard is in a coma because of these criminals.

  • Deon - 2012-05-03 16:28

    Crime is high since education went down the drain.

  • Monti - 2012-05-03 16:30

    I am not sure who made this bunch of bandits it was not our maker for sure. Maybe the the Devil. The devil claims they have already stolen the fire in hell

  • Mzamo - 2012-05-03 16:31

    Its sad to see how the law abiding and working hard citizens have to suffer for what they have worked for!!!! Other people just don't wanna work but they want what we have worked for!!!!!!

  • joemols - 2012-05-03 16:33

    The nurse told the robbers that Rautenbach had\r\nthe safe key. They searched him and found it in\r\nhis pocket.*Thinking*

  • Martin - 2012-05-03 16:36

    thuli madonsela should probe the freedom of access police have to firearm records, cos they have peoples addresses, its not by fluke they rob people who have guns, 600 criminal cops arrested(just the tip of it all) if its not an inside job its the police, no more suspects giving out that sort of info to crinimal friends...

  • Elize - 2012-05-03 16:38

    What the hell is a 96 year old still doing on a farm???????????????????

      Monti - 2012-05-03 16:47

      Looking after his hard earned assets. A true South Arican farmer

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-03 16:47

      enjoying his retirement after years of toil on the soil. Better life than the city can offer, well at least it used to be until they came along.

      Lara - 2012-05-03 16:48

      What the hell is someone like you doing breeding so much??????????????

      melania.nel - 2012-05-03 16:49

      Maybe its his home. Why do you live where you live?

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-03 16:57

      Elize, it was HIS home, no excuse

      Dassie - 2012-05-04 07:20

      @ Malavi Let’s just for one brief moment accept that the whites stole every square meter of the land from us. Let’s go with Malema’s populist droolings for one brief moment. Let’ see where your statement takes us. The blacks in this country says that the whites stole our land, and that we now want it back, because they are not entitled to it. We say that they are in possession of stolen goods (our land), and threaten them that they must give the land back, because we are not going to pay them for stolen goods (the land). But the “stolen goods” argument does not only apply to them (the whites), because, when the whites came here, we ran around in animal skins, eating off the ground, living in grass and mud huts, beating drums, completely illiterate. We must be brutally honest about this, because we must stick to the facts when we make accusations of theft against another party. If we want our land back, then the whites will want the things back that they brought here, and that we stole from them. To name a few ... vines, corn seed, mealie seeds, vegetable seeds, concrete buildings, electricity, books, a written language, human flight, automobiles, engineering, computers, physics, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on .....

      Dassie - 2012-05-04 07:21

      @Malavi If you keep on insisting to repossess the things in imagine the whites “stole” from us, they will want back the things they brought with them to this country. It this not logical? NOW THEN, Malavi, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU PROPOSE WE DO NOW? Because we can’t take back our land without them taking back the things that they brought here. It is logical that the whites will not just jump back into the sea and leave us with everything they contributed to this country? Again I ask you ... WHAT THE HELL DO YOU PROPOSE WE DO NOW??? I know what I propose we do ... we keep our stupid mouths shut, and, like intelligent people, honour one another for what they brought to our country. Alternatively, they give back our land, board the ships they came here in, and take with them everything they brought to this country. Don’t argue like a fool. They will not leave and give us everything they brought here just because we tell them so.

      hcontie - 2012-11-29 08:55

      ...and keeping a large amount of money in his house?????????????????

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-05-03 16:39

    Useless sacks of meat, these people at the "top". Supposed to be looking out for its people. Yet they sit and quarrel over street name changes that cost loads of money, instead they could help root out criminal elements plaguing our society. Are they truly and honestly looking for an Arab Spring of their own? When will they draw the line and start listening to the us?

  • George - 2012-05-03 16:39

    I don't think one needs to tell the guards what to do when they are well again.

      songezo.kilani - 2012-05-03 16:59

      Lol, bt i think da nurse knows more than she's tellin,\tied with a telephone cord\ realy?? Inside job to me.

  • Keith - 2012-05-03 16:43

    Cry my beloved south Africa under Jacob zuma crime,corruption and nepotism has become the order of the day. Thank God the poor old man's soul was not taken by those savages, and my the guards get well soon, the money stolen is nothing compare to the lost of life or lives.

      Keith - 2012-05-03 19:26

      Kensong, yes Zuma and his ANC are to blame for the horrendous crimes that are happening in south Africa because he(Zuma) is a criminal that's why his ANC government are so lenient when it comes to dealing with crime and perpetrators.

  • George - 2012-05-03 16:43

    Still waiting for AfriForum to produce some AfriAction. In vain, I fear. Not a peep.

  • Angelica - 2012-05-03 16:45

    ag nee %$& nie weer nie!!!!!!!!!! f$%&@ng idiots!

  • sabongam - 2012-05-03 16:51

    Just when you thought it couldn't any worse.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-03 16:52

    Our government is a great inspiration to the criminal element, we are lead by cowards and robbed/killed/raped by cowards.

  • modumo - 2012-05-03 16:53

    INSIDE JOB!!!!!!! The nurse is part of it as she is the only one who was not injured.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-05-03 17:12

      Ok! if so, the old man is one of farmers who (oppresses,exploit farm workers) suppose!

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-03 16:56

    Again, like so many comment the days before, It is the poor people who robbed and kill. What did they take.... Money, Guns, cellphones, Another FARM robbery, for you who missed the place. Hope you get well sir, and I hope they rot in hell!!

  • Malavi - 2012-05-03 17:03

    Are the guards white?

      Monti - 2012-05-03 17:27

      The guards are one ones that let the Bandits in. You can work that out yourself

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 17:39

      I think their are whites.

      Steven - 2012-05-03 17:44

      Does it really matter? Chances are they weren't but that's not the issue here now is it. I read in astonishment the comments here sometimes. The article is about a really old man (older than Mandela) being subjected to that kind of trauma, God knows, he doesn't need that kind of shock at his age, I'm surprised he didn't suffer a heart attack! And the poor guards, for simply doing their job and carrying out their mandate, one is in a coma and the other, well, according to news24 is ok. I suspect miss nursey had something to do with it. Defenceless old man, with a house manned most likely by poorly trained guards, meant easy target. Her hair was pulled and she spilt the beans, hahaha, please. The guys are beaten with hammers and she gets her hair pulled? This IS SA right? "Usually", she would have been raped by these savages.

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 17:54

      Blah blah blah...the curse goes on!

      Shirley - 2012-05-03 18:06

      Troll alert!

      manqoba.ian - 2012-05-03 18:43

      Who do you ask, why don't you asked your self we where just reading an article. Laugh my lungs out. Maybe when they were some picture dedications

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 18:56

      Abuti ngiya ignora neh...ngayazi u like to suck up to bahlophe, i heard abt u!

      jaymz.hurly - 2012-05-03 19:18 actually right the guards were beaten up and badly so...this crime was not racially motivated it is just criminals being criminals attacking anyone that's willing to stop them...the farmer (white) was the only one not hurt if I was black and hated whites he would be the only one hurt.

      Gail - 2012-05-18 12:18

      Idiot!!!What difference does it make what colour they are?

  • Manu - 2012-05-03 17:13

    Headline: "Wheelchair-bound farmer robbed" One guard is in a comma, One guard is badly injured One worker is injured, and One nurse is beaten up. But apparently the most important fact of the story is that a wheel chair bound farmer (white) was robbed. Is that the most important fact in this story? To hell with this kind of reporting.

      Gail - 2012-05-18 12:28

      Farm attacks usually make the headlines. This time an old (96 year old) man was robbed. One guard in a comma, nurse just had her hair pulled (shame)- not beaten up and another guard injured, but okay. By the way what difference does it make what colour the farmer is?

  • andre.bouwer - 2012-05-03 17:14

    Oom Frikkie. Ek hoop jy kom gou oor die skok van die aanval, word gou beter. Sterkte vorentoe. Ons bid vir jou.

      Steven - 2012-05-03 17:38

      Pete, its a free country boete, people are free to communicate in any language they please. I too, can neither read nor understand what he said, but don't ridicule him for using the language he's comfortable using. Calling him a jerk is rather uncalled for

  • manqoba.ian - 2012-05-03 17:20

    Wow dats, so bad, i wish dat its wasnt happen, on de guard badly dey suffer 4 ntng, i hope tym will cum doez busted will pay nd will suffer 4 de rest

      Steven - 2012-05-03 17:31

      What in the name of flying foxes is that drivel you've written there mate? My poor brain and eyes hurt from trying to decipher that. This is not twitter or God knows what else, please try using full English statements. If English is not your strongest language, use your mother tongue.

      Ngaka - 2012-05-03 17:37

      Good Enough comes to mind...I like it for the Pirates!!

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 17:44

      @the_gob...he is saying the job was not well done! Got it! Good!

      manqoba.ian - 2012-05-03 18:05

      At malavi, wow im still supprised you to, cnt read english. I hope you are an African

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 18:10


  • Thabo - 2012-05-03 17:43

    The six man must be ashamed of themselves to be standing on their feet and attacking old wheel chaired man. As for News 24, your heading should have been \ farmer robbed and workers assaulted\.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-03 17:56

    Only the lowest,unhuman,callous,evil scum do this to a man of that age!! Cowardly,lazy ba$tards! But accordong to powers that be-we are safe,there is no genocide and farmers are over reacting. Well I wish to hell they would catch a WAKE UP and STOP THE SLAUGHTER!!!!!

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 18:01

      Blah blah blah...

      Shirley - 2012-05-03 18:06

      Malavi: go troll in the bush!

      Shirley - 2012-05-03 18:17

      Africa belongs to all who live on it! You are a racist @SS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Malavi - 2012-05-03 18:33

      Funny more like Africa belongs to all, include those who are force to leave in it. If u were loaded u'll be living in Aus that is forsure. Poor u, the transfund is finished because of recession, LoL!

  • SM1012 - 2012-05-03 18:05

    We have turned to a savage Society...the sad part is that the Justice department tend to give them BAIL they will also be getting an early release for not KILLING...I sometimes wonder, what are we now, CRUEL or act of CRIME?

      Shirley - 2012-05-03 18:18


  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 19:28

    Malavi be careful,very careful.

  • masoeu.mzwakhejonas - 2012-05-03 19:31

    mense the issue here is not about colour.its about the crime that was commited.we should steak together to firght against crime.anaconda

  • braamc - 2012-05-03 19:54

    The land of savages

  • Boer - 2012-05-03 20:13

    Ernstig nou, ek wonder watter kleur vark sal so iets aan n ou mens doen??? Kroeskoppe.

  • Hans Heydra - 2012-05-03 20:29

    I hope the workers recover. Sounds like an inside job to me. Someone close to the farmer knows what's up.

  • Steve - 2012-05-03 20:30

    Damn, maybe I should buy a farm! My 1911 needs a work-out! I'll be happy for my metal companion to do some practise!!!

  • Popeye - 2012-05-04 01:30

    @Malavi, you should thank the setlers for bringing the wheelbarow here, at least you are walking on your hindlegs now .....

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-04 07:06

    No worries settlers malavi used his facebook, hahaha stupid idiot does not know his IP is traceable. No threats you settler wanna be!

  • Maria - 2012-05-16 11:58

    Nurse - how did you know the key was in the old man's pocket - just curious!! Check this - six men robbed wheelchair bound man - 96 yrs - its like these robbers knew very well how many people were there in the house, guards even and what was in the safe - Nurse uyandisolisa!!!!!! and you were not hurt - How so?

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-14 12:15

    Cowards always attack the weak, the aged and the defenseless. Disgusting and barbaric. Hope they catch these creeps and justice prevails.

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