Farmer attacked on Free State farm

2014-09-16 11:18
Crawford von Abo (Beeld)

Crawford von Abo (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Farmer Crawford von Abo, who suffered huge losses in land grabs in Zimbabwe, has been attacked on his Free State farm, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Seven armed men attacked the 82-year-old farmer in his kitchen on his farm in Bothaville on Sunday morning.

He was hit over the head and tied up alongside his 79-year-old wife Bibi, and three farm workers.

Their assailants made off with money and cellphones.

"Luckily I have never in my life been scared, I just get angry," said Von Abo.

"I am the very 'die donner in' [angry]..."

He said he told one of the farm attackers who threatened to slit his throat that he was not scared of him.

In 2011, Von Abo lost a court bid in South Africa to secure an order against the Zimbabwean government to pay him compensation after he became the victim of land grabs.

Von Abo had built up a large farming enterprise over 50 years in Zimbabwe, but was left penniless when his 14 farms were virtually destroyed by land invasions.

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