Farmer shot, in hospital after taking on five attackers

2017-08-28 15:07


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Mbombela - The 72-year-old farmer who managed to take on a gang of five attackers after a warning from one of his farm workers, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Hennie Gerber was shot in the stomach, but according to police spokesperson Captain Carla Hartley, no vital organs were damaged, Netwerk24 reported.

"According to Gerber's family, his condition is stable," she said on Sunday.

It's suspected that Gerber, who farms in the Sundra area in Mpumalanga, wounded at least two of the attackers. There was blood around his house and against the fence after they had fled.

Hartley earlier said five attackers, two of whom were armed, overpowered 70-year-old farm worker Elias Skosana in his home at about 03:00 on Saturday. 

Skosana was forced at gunpoint to take them to Gerber's house and knock on the door.

When Gerber started opening the door, Skosana, in spite of the armed men, shouted: "Tsotsis!"

A shootout followed. Gerber managed to fire a few shots, but was hit in the stomach. Skosana was unhurt.

"It isn't certain who started the shooting, but we suspect that two or more of the attackers were also wounded. It seems as if they fled around the house and over the fence. There is a lot of blood at the scene where they ran [away], said Hartley.

Gerber's wife was in their bedroom during the incident.

No arrests had been made by Sunday afternoon. 

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