A farm attack at Hammanskraal, in the Gauteng province of South Africa, where an elderly man was seriously assaulted and later died of his injuries in hospital and his wife locked in the bathroom, was only discovered 48 hours after it happened because the couple is apparently very private and therefore don’t mix or talk with other people on farms and smallholdings in the area.
From available details it looks like the couple was not part of safety structures in the area as well. A firearm was also taken by attackers from the safe although people on farms are urged on a regular basis to carry their firearms with them and not leave it in the safe on a permanent basis.
Casper Liversage of the Hammanskraal Community Policing Forum (CPF) told the media that the attack on the couple in which the man was severely assaulted happened on Monday 21 December, 2020 at around 13:00 when they were overpowered in their home. The man was seriously assaulted and tied up.
The attack was discovered on Wednesday 23 December when the Police discovered the couple’s vehicle which was left abandoned.
The Police contacted the CPF to find out if they knew who the vehicle belonged to. A resident could tell the Police who the vehicle belonged to.
CPF members went to the farm and discovered the woman in the house. She had only managed to break out of the bathroom where she was locked up shortly before. Her husband was found tied up and unconscious on the kitchen floor. He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries. The woman is still in hospital.
A spokesperson for the Police told the media that the couple was attacked in their house on their smallholding on Monday by 4 black men.
The man was seriously assaulted whilst the attackers demanded a firearm. They later found a firearm in the safe and left with that and the couple’s vehicle. It was this vehicle that was found abandoned by Police at Temba.
No arrest have been made.
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