Farm attack leaves suspect dead, while farm manager fights for his life

2017-11-03 20:08


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


'I don't want another family to go through this' - farm murder widow

2017-10-30 14:09

Marlene Conradie, the widow of wine farmer Joubert Conradie, 47, who was killed on his farm in Klapmuts last Tuesday, said she was overwhelmed by support from people who joined the #BlackMonday protest.WATCH

Ficksburg - An attack at a farm near Ficksburg on Thursday has left a farm manager in a critical condition in hospital, one suspect dead and another seriously injured, police have confirmed.

A farmworker, who was also injured during an ensuing scuffle, has received treatment for his injuries.

Three suspects are at large.

In a statement on Friday, Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the farm manager, Aarend Covert, and farm worker, Lenyara Tsotetsi, were accosted by five men as they arrived at their Mooiplaas farm. They had returned from a neighbouring farm.

The five men instructed the pair to get out of their vehicle. However, Covert refused and confronted them instead, Mbambo said.

A scuffle ensued and, in the process, Covert was shot in the head.

He was in a serious condition at Bethlehem Medi-Clinic, Mbambo confirmed.

Tsotetsi, who was stabbed while trying to defend himself, was not hospitalised, but received treatment for his wounds.

The suspects fled the scene on foot, dropping a revolver in their haste. However, farmers in the area apprehended two of them and handed them over to the police.

One of the suspects has since died in Dihlabeng Hospital. As a result, a murder case will be opened.

The second suspect was under police guard, Mbambo added. She was unable to explain how the suspects were injured.

"Our suspicions are that they were injured when they were caught by the farmers, but we can't confirm that. We are still trying to confirm the cause of their injuries."

Police are still searching for the other three suspects, and are investigating a case of attempted murder.

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  crime

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.