The son of a well known farmer of Odendaalsrus was shot and killed in a farm attack on Wednesday night 11 November, 2020. The farm, which is situated just outside the town, also has a guest house on it. Mark Regal was shot dead after he was attacked by at least two attackers. His wife managed to shoot one of the attackers dead.
Farmers and the Police reacted and searched for the other attacker who fled on foot. Mark Regal is the 6th farmer murdered on a farm in the Free State in just over a month.
A 7th farmer, Kippie Wessels (52), was murdered in his house in Zastron on 30 October, 2 weeks after moving to town. He farmed in Vanstadensrus before.
Pieter Hills (56) was murdered on his farm in Hennenman on the night of 6 November 2020, in an attack in which his son Eddie (26) was also critically injured. Eddie was declared brain dead on Monday evening 9 November 2020.
Brendin Horner (21) was murdered in Paul Roux on 1 October.
Andries Loots (63) was murdered on a pig farm between Welkom and Virginia on 25 October.
Dave Wessels (66) was murdered on his farm in Viljoenskroon on 25 October.
Farm attacks and farm murders – 1 January to 31 October 2020:
October 2020- 42 farm attacks, 7 farm murders.
September 2020- 48 farm attacks, 5 farm murders.
August 2020- 52 farm attacks, 9 farm murders.
July 2020- 55 farm attacks, 9 farm murders.
June 2020- 56 farm attacks, 7 farm murders.
May 2020- 15 farm attacks, 4 farm murders.
April 2020- 17 farm attacks, 1 farm murder.
March 2020- 35 farm attacks, 6 farm murders.
February 2020- 31 farm attacks, 8 farm murders.
January 2020- 17 farm attacks.
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