April 23 2014 Farm Attack Vredefort Dome – The Parys Gazette journalist Liezl Scheepers writes: It has been confirmed by police that three black males who broke into the Bornman family homestead on Wednesday April April 16 2014 had shot the 64-year-old farmer at point-blank range with his own captured firearm.
He was scheduled for surgery to repair bullet-injuries to his nose and upper-right arm at a Bloemfontein hospital on Tuesday April 22 2014. Johan and wife Estelle, who run the fly-fishing resort Val Hackle at the centre of the Vredefort Dome, were sitting TV when black males broke through the glassdoor
of the bedroom. The men may have had enough time to search the homestead before Johan got up to go the bedroom.
The lights in the house were off except in the TV room, reports journalist Liezl Scheepers.
Mr Bornman was ambushed in the hallway and shot at point-blank range with his own stolen .32 revolver.
Johan said he only saw a bright flare in the dark and heard the shot. The farm-attackers fled on foot taking along the farmer’s revolver, jewellery and three cellphones.
Estelle remained unharmed, she managed to raise help on the home-telephone, and Johan Lamprecht, the Vredefort Dome citizen-policing chairman and his wife Martie, who is a nursing sister, were on the scene within minutes.
Juan Greeff of the same CPF and the SAPS from Vredefort, local farmers and residents Magda Prinsloo and Orpa Wessels all showed up in short order to offer their help. Estelle said it was by ‘the Lord’s grace’ that her husband Johan survived. She also said she ‘didn’t think they had come to shoot us, I believe they only wanted to steal…’
She also admits that perhaps people like them ‘might get a bit too casual about security.’ They have lived on the farm for the past 14 years….
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