Underberg farmer in serious state after attack

2016-05-19 10:02

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Pietermaritzburg - An Underberg farmer was taken to hospital in a serious condition after an unknown number of men attacked him on his farm on Wednesday.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said the 47-year-old farmer was approached by the men who assaulted him before stealing his Toyota Hilux bakkie at about 4.30 am yesterday.

Gwala said some of the farmer’s “personal belongings”, including his licensed firearm, were also stolen when the suspects took the bakkie.

“He [the farmer] was taken to hospital in a serious condition. A case of car hijacking was opened at Himeville police station for investigation and no arrest has been made at this stage,” Gwala said.

“The farmer’s bakkie was later recovered in the Kilmun area.”

The attack comes amid threatening messages sent to farmers in Mpumalanga.

Yesterday, News24 reported that Mpumalanga police were investigating a threatening SMS that was sent to five farmers in Ermelo, giving them an ultimatum to vacate their land or be forcefully removed.

Ermelo police spokesperson Captain Carla Prinsloo told a News24 correspondent that two cases of intimidation had been opened over the alarming messages.

The SMS reads: “Vacate your land whyte [sic] man or we will forse [sic] you. Take your wife and children away. We will visit them.”

“There are no relationships between the farmers, except that they all live in this district and that all the SMSes came from the same number. There was no mention of a deadline for the farmers to vacate their farms,” Prinsloo said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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