April 2 – Smallholding attack and murder- Vaalbank Zuid, Bloemfontein. Ando Swanepoel (73) was ambushed at the gate of his property and severely assaulted by a number of black male attackers and left for dead. Ando’s wife was also hit over the head in the house. Ando was hospitalized. His face was broken in three places and he sustained bleeding on the brain. The couple was robbed of cash and forced to transfer money electronically. Ando never recovered and died in hospital on April 7.
April 3 – Cullinan – Unknown white woman’s vehicle rammed from behind after which she was shot in neck and stomach. Woman was hospitalized.
April 5 – Farm murder between Hopefield and Moreesburg, Western Cape -Frans (69) and Ingrid (65) Koch were attacked and stabbed in their home. Ingrid was stabbed multiple times and died on the scene due to her injuries. Her husband, Frans, who suffered severe stab wounds, was rushed to a nearby hospital.
April 5- Smallholding attack – Honingnestkrans, Pretoria. Unknown farmer shot in the leg.
April 10 – Smallholding attack – Reint Grobler (51) was stabbed 12 times outside his restaurant and guesthouse when he caught his Zimbabwian worker’s son breaking into his car and he then attacked Reint.
April 10 – Engela Hattingh (34) from Brits was found lying seriously injured under a bench at the soccer field after she went missing 3 days previously. She must have lied there since the Sunday since she was too seriously injured to move. No further details were available.
April 14 – Murder – Amanda Lightfoot (18) was stabbed and died in her car whilst waiting for her boyfriend to come out of the office in Farrarmere, Benoni. The attacker, a black male, only took the vehicle’s keys and an e-cigarette.
April 13 – Murder – Hennie Jansen van Rensburg, a truck driver from Vryburg, was found dead behind his truck on the N12 road in the Carltonville area. He was shot in the chest and was found lying dead behind his truck. His truck earlier broke down and he was waiting on someone to bring him water for the truck. It is suspected Hennie tried to stop thieves stealing from the truck after which one shot him.
April 20 – Double farm murder – Levubu near Louis Trichardt. Louis (71) and Ina Cloete (60) found burnt beyond recognition in their farmhouse. They had been attacked in the house after which the attackers set the house ablaze, with Louis and Ina still alive at the time. Two young black male suspects were arrested, one a former worker on the farm.
April 21 – Farm attack – Vrede, Free State. Five black male attackers attacked Ben (72) and Rintie van Rensburg in their farmhouse. Rintie was shot in the upper leg and hip. She returned fire and managed to kill one attacker and wound one.
April 24 – Farm attack – Barnardsvlei, Mooinooi, Northwest – Hannes Robbertze (59) was shot in his leg and arm by a number of black male attackers in his farmhouse . He managed to shoot back after which the attackers fled.
April 26 – Murder – The body of Peter Dobihal (78), an Austrian national, was found buried in his backyard at his home in Cresta, Johannesburg. He was reported missing earlier in the month. Four suspects were arrested in Mr Dobihal’s car and they showed the Police where they buried Dobihal . One suspect was Dobihal’s gardener and a female suspect worked in his home. Suspects are Malawian nationals.
April 28 – Murder – Ritchie, Northern Cape – A guesthouse owner of Ritchie in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, Gunther Schwalb (66) who is originally from Germany, was killed on Thursday 28 April 2022, when two young black boys who wanted to steal his car thew a stone against his head.
May 3 – Murder – Oscar Wilson (46) shot and killed and his vehicle hijacked by five black men on the outskirts of the black township of Brits in the Northwest province whilst Oscar was transporting two black workers from a garden service home.
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