Family attacked with panga, robber shot dead

Family attacked with panga, robber shot dead
Leslie Boshoff - farm attack in South Africa

A classic car collector with over 300 vehicles shot a house robber dead on his smallholding, which also serves as a museum. The man apparently attacked Leslie Boshoff’s (82) family with a machete (panga).

This was not the first time that Boshoff had killed a suspected robber. Known as Les, his wife, Marge, and their son was in the house in Tarentaal street, Joostenbergvlakte, when three unknown men gained access to the house and overpowered the family.

Boshoff is the owner of Wijnland Auto Museum where there are more than 300 vintage cars exhibited. The open-air museum can be seen from the N1 road with old cars (many of them brown from rust) standing on the smallholding. The house is located at the back of the property and cannot be seen from the highway.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, provincial police spokesperson, confirmed three suspects found access to the Boshoff home around 03:00. “They attacked the Boshoff family and Les’s hand was injured. Traut said the man allegedly fired a shot and a suspect was fatally wounded. “The other two suspects overpowered the man, confiscated his gun and fled from the scene.”

Robert Daniels, spokesperson of the metro emergency services, confirmed a 27-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. He had a single gunshot wound.
Traut said the other suspects are still at large and the police are looking for them. “At this stage, the circumstances surrounding the incident were investigated and no one was arrested,” he added.

Traut said a judicial inquiry into death will be conducted by the police.

When reporters from Die Burger arrived at the open-air museum there was a police car parked on the premises at the home. An electric fence surrounds the premises and the steel gate was closed. A woman answered the intercom and referred the reporters to the owner, Leslie Boshoff. Boshoff’s calls to landline and cell phone remained unanswered.

Neighbors of the Boshoff family confirmed the incident but didn’t want to talk about it.

It was not the first time that Boshoff had to protect his family from criminals. Last year Boshoff appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court after he apparently also shot dead a robber on his property.

Milton de la Harpe, who represented Boshoff in this case, confirmed the charges against Boshoff was murder, but that the government withdrew the charges against him in 2013. La Harpe could make no further comments.


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