FARM ATTACK | Elderly woman critical after attack with rake

A couple has been attacked on their farm at Karkloof
A couple has been attacked on their farm at Karkloof

An elderly couple, in their 80s, was attacked at their Karkloof farm on Saturday morning.

Wendy and Archer Wilson were allegedly attacked at around 4am by an assailant armed with a rake who demanded money from them. He has since been apprehended by a local security company and SAPS.

Wendy was taken to a Pietermaritzburg hospital by emergency medical rescue services where DA MPL Chris Pappas said she was in a critical condition.  She is said to have suffered head injuries and loss of blood during the assault.

"Her husband, who sustained less serious injuries, has remained on the farm with family and members of SAPS," he said.

Pappas said in August, a joint sitting of KZN’s Agriculture and Community Safety portfolio committees led to various resolutions being proposed for government to intervene in the ongoing crimes against farmers, farm workers and rural communities. He said after taking presentations from SAPS and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) the meeting was adjourned with a commitment made to meet in the near future to propose solutions to the respective MECs.

"To date, almost three months later, no follow-up session has been held and no plans or resolutions have been put forward. The DA views this as a disgrace and yet another indication that government is only paying lip service to the issue of farm attacks and rural safety," said Pappas.

He said the DA in KZN has already submitted 10 quickly implementable solutions to the provincial government. These include strengthening crime intelligence in hotspot areas, directly subsidising private farm security initiatives in order to help farmers with the extra financial burden and to assist the overstretched SAPS and the establishment of an inter-ministerial committee on rural safety that reports to Premier Sihle Zikalala.

"If the KZN’s ANC-led government is truly committed to fighting the scourge of crime within our farming communities, it will immediately convene the outstanding meeting on rural safety and implement the recommendations by the DA, the SAPS and the SAHRC," said Pappas. 

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