Kitty Vorster, 92, survives farm attack Hertzogville

Kitty Vorster, 92, disabled; survives farm attack, Hertzogville, six-member black male youth militia, Feb2 2011

Hertzogville – 92-year-old disabled Boer woman Kitty Vorster was attacked on her farm Ruspan 20km from Hertzogville, by six black ‘youths’ on Wednesday February 2 2011 She was ambushed at her backdoor just as she was lettingher dachshund inside, as she does every day at 8pm, writes Beeld. Mrs Vorster walks with a zimmer-frame.

VORSTER Kitty Hertzorgville survives farm attack Feb22011 6 BLACK MALES She was badly beaten and bruised by the gang: they hogtied the frail old woman with her hands and feet together; and then tried to throttle her to death with a tablecloth and a pillow. They’d alrady cut the telephone- and citizen-band radio wires before the attack, said her daughter-in-law Sandra. After her two-hour ordeal she was treated for shock and bruising and examined by a local doctor. Nobody was arrested. The homestead is only a stone’s throw away from the homestead of her son Martiens. He and his wife left the farm at around 6pm to attend a church-meeting at Christiana. During the attack Mrs Vorster was shoved to the ground, they beat her up, tried to smother her, tied her up and then went on a rampage through her cottage: heating food in the microwave then half-eating it and throwing the rest on the floor. After about two hours Mrs Vorster warned the gang – she estimated them to be between 15 to 17 years old — that her son was expected home any minute. They fled., stealing only two cellphones, an old SADF-greatcoat, and a ‘klawerbord’. Her son returned at around 22:45 and immediately suspected that something was wrong, as he saw his mother’s lights were still on inside. He rushed there and immediately raised the alarm when he came across the badly-beaten up old lady. The local coordinator for the Free State’s rural-security group, Hannes de Jager, said they immediately launched a search for the attackers: setting up road blocks and coordinating a search with the local cops. An SAPS dog-team also followed the attack-gang’s tracks to the nearly township Malebogo where they lost the trail in the crowded streets.  Mrs Vorster is recovering from her shock and trauma at her son’s house. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bejaarde-is-op-plaas-aangeval-20110204

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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