Costa, Alberto, 44, Cloetesdal farmer murdered, Stellenbosch

Costa, Alberto, 44, farmer murdered, Cloetesdal, Stellenbosch
2011-02-19 Stellenbosch. ‘Die Burger’ journalist Malani Venter reports that 44-year-old commercial farmer Alberto Costa was shot dead in a gunfight with armed black males who had dug a hole beneath the farm fence to attack his heavily-fortified Cloetesdal homestead – located 500 metres from the R304 highway and close to Khayamandi township.  Mrs Zelda Costa and their children, 3 and 8 years old, were not physically injured.

Farm wife Christa Steyn took this stunning picture of the full moon waning over their farm's glowing wheat-fields near Wellington at 06:08 Feb 272011, South Africa. Stellenbosch farmer Costa, shot dead several hours earlier, never was able to see this beautiful moon

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Ms Venter reported that Mr Costa, armed with a shotgun, was shot dead while investigating why his dogs were barking. Costa was ambushed by the two gunmen and in turn probably also injured one of the attackers: a blood trail indicates that the wounds may be ‘serious’, said provincial police spokesman Lt col André Traut. He issued a call in radio broadcasts for medical practitioners to be alert to anyone requiring medical treatment for a recent shotgun-wound. The dead farmer was discovered when the police and a security guard from Stellenbosch Watch responded to an alarm from Cloetesdal at 02:50 said Traut. The two suspects fled and their blood-trail was followed by a large task-force searching amongst the grape-vines and olive-trees which grow near the light-brown homestead, write Venter.

Alberto Costa, 44, was murdered Feb172011 at his farm 500m away from Kayamandi township and the highway into Stellenbosch by two black intruders.

The news media is being barred from the homestead, about 500m from the highway, as the entire area is being examined as a crime-scene. Rudy Buys, a long-time friend of the murdered farmer, said the entire Boland farming community is in mourning. Mr Costa was a successful and much-liked member of the community and he was everybody’s pal.’ Beyers Truter another nearby farmer also described Costa as a ‘compassionate man'”He will be terribly missed. It’s not only a case of a father being lost forever for his children, but also a widow who has to adjust because her husband no longer is there.’

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

One Response to Costa, Alberto, 44, Cloetesdal farmer murdered, Stellenbosch

  1. Mike van Zyl says:

    My heart goes out to his wife and children for yet another senseless murder.

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