Costa, Alberto, 44, Cloetesdal farmer murdered, Stellenbosch
19 February 2011 1 Comment
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.
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.
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.’