Wendy Wilken executed: Walkerville khoi farm

Wendy Wilken (60), killed with a head-shot at their Walkerville Khoi-farm March 21 2011, nothing was robbed: husband Mario ends the business: another 4 black workers without any income. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-val-oor-vrou-se-lyk-20110322

Wilken Wendy 60 executed Walkerville smallholding TheKoiFarmMarch212011

 Smallholder Mrs Wendy Wilken was killed execution-style with a single headshot in their humble homestead where she and her husband Mario were raising Koi fish for the gardening-market.

“My life is shattered, ‘ said her devastated husband. This was the second armed-attack against his smallholding in the past three years. Other smallholders also suffer regular attacks: Shortly after Mrs Wilken’s murder, neighbour Brain Ubsdell came to offer his condolances. He said he was attacked two years earlier: tied up and tortured with a hot iron.

“My neighbours also were robbed and another one was murdered last year,’ he told Riata Nel, a journalist at  Beeld newspaper). 

Wilken Wendy 60 executedThisWalkervilleSmallholdingTheKhoiFarmNotRich The Wilken couple have lived on the smallholding south of Johannesburg for the past 15 years to start the Khoi Farm as a business. Mr Wilken said he’s now lost all his courage to continue it: thus four black workers and their families now are without an income.

On March 21 2011, three black males attacked the small holmestead shortly after 9am and forced four workers into the house. Mr and Mrs Wilkens were forced at gunpoint into the food-storage area, which is called a ‘spens’ in Afrikaans. “We were forced to open our (registered) safe which is located in the spens,’ said Wilken. “There is nothing in the safe. They demanded money, dragged Wendy from the spens. I heard a shot, opened the door and Wendy was lying there, in a puddle of blood. She was the most generous person, always willing to help others irregardless of their skin-colour,’’  her grieving husband said. Nothing was robbed: after Mrs Wilken was shot execution-style, the attackers left.

Mr Wilken had just returned from Japan to place an order for world-famous, decorative Khoi fish, and was in the airplane home for about three hours when the earthquake hit there. “I just missed the earthquake and now my wife is dead.”“There were a lot of police on the smallholding afterwards. I doubt whether anything will come of this.’ Neighbour Ubsdell also wanted to start a Koi-businesses – but is deeply worried about the increase in armed attacks at the smallholdings in the region.

Mrs Wilken also leaves behidn the couples four daughters and five grandchildren.  Original Afrikaans source interpreted by Adriana Stuijthttp://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-val-oor-vrou-se-lyk-20110322

 

Wilken Wendy widower Mario in kitchen March212011WithWorkers

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

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