Jan 2012 farm murders summary

Summary of rural ‘farm-attack’ murders in South Africa, January 2012:

We use the SAPS’ modus-operandi definition of ‘attacks on rural farms, smallholdings and nature reserves’ even though the SA police no longer list these terrorist-style, very cruel and unnecessarily violent attacks against rural residents in a seperate crime-category.

 TLU FUNDRAISING CAMAPIGN TO HELP FIGHT FARM ATTACKS

  Afrikaner rural resident Frans van Biljon, 66, murdered driving between Bronkhorstspruit and Pretoria, forced off rural road, Jan 20 2012 This was listed as a rural (farm) murder.

http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2257

Afrikaner farmer Koos Bisschoff, 71, (below) who was a disabled asbestosis sufferer, dies after brutal head-beating by five armed blacks Bischoff Koos 71 dies from headbashing by five armed blacks farm attack AVondale Rustenburg July 16 2012

                                                     2012-01-17 http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2250

 

Jan 29 2012: Afrikaner farmer Hendrik Cilliers, 77, tied to a tree, tortured, shot dead execution style: farm Erfdeel, 15km outside Stella, NorthWest –  as reported by Nico Strydom –

CILLIERS Hendrik Johannes 77 TIED TO TREE TORTURED AND EXECUTED WITH GUNSHOT TO HEAD it is just an ordinary robbery SAPS claims Jan 292012  77-year-old Afrikaner farmer Hendrik Cilliers ‘s badly bruised body was found tied to a tree on Sunday 18:30 about 30m from his homestead on his farm Erfdeel about 15km outside Stella, North West. SAPS spokesman brig. Thulani Ngubane said Mr Cilliers’ hands and feet were bound up tightly around the tree-trunk. His mouth was covered up with a t-shirt. Mr Cilliers was first brutally beaten because his body is covered in bruises. He then was shot dead execution-style with a headshot. .Mr Ngubane said that the old Afrikaner farmer lived alone on his farm. He claimed ‘some household goods’ were stolen but did not provide further details and later news reports do not indicate that robbery had been a motive: . link and link and link
http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Houe-en-kopskoot-vir-boer-20120130
http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2284
http://maroelamedia.co.za/blog/nuus/bejaarde-boer-vasgebind-vermoor-in-stella/

Farmer and Nutrition expert Francois du Toit of Alzu Feeds murdered on his farm  Kwalata neer Roossenekal in Mpumalanga – January 23 2012.

DuToit Francois Roossenekal Limoppo murdered Jan22 2012 Transvaal Agricultural Union VP Henk vd Graaf said Mr Francois Du Toit, who worked as a nutrition expert at the Alzu Feeds company, was gunned down and killed as he opened his back door to investigate why his dogs were barking. A colleague who does not want to be identified told the ‘Landbou’ publication that there were probably three black males involved in the attack. After they murdered the Afrikaner man, they tied up his wife and children and fled with the couple’s cellphones – using their vehicles merely to escape in: the vehicles were found back on the farm after the murder.  Vd Graaf said the TLU is worried about the large number of farm-attacks thus far this year. “If this trend continues this will be a bloody year for our farmers,’ he said.  23 Jan 2012

http://www.landbou.com/node/59279

Afrikaner famer Andries du Toit murdered in armed assault against his sleeping family by five black males, Klipplaatdrift, 2012-01-14 Ventersdorp:

also:  this farm was visited by mysterious govt officials only a week earlier: demanding access to search the homestead without a search-warrant – and  which was denied by the farm-wife. A week later, farmer Andries du Toit was murdered in an armed assault while asleep.  The farm is adjacent to the one where Eugene Terre’Blanche was murdered. 2012-01-14

http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2242

 Xhoi-San Afrikaans-speaking farm woman Let Hanekam gruesomely mutilated, stabbed 52x, throat cut, hair torched :

HANEKAM MRS LET MURDERED Afrikaansspeaking KhoiSan community in Northern Cape protesting against psycho killer of Mrs Let Hanekam 41 Jan202012 (2)  this was listed as a farm-murder because it had no links to any ‘family-feuds’ or ‘relationship arguments’. The woman was attacked by an apparently mentally-disturbed man who had attacked and killed before – and who has not yet been arrested.  farm Gunsfontein, Sutherland, North Cape 2012-01-20 http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2256

Smallholders Frans van der Linden, 57, murdered, wife Elizabeth 52, brutally assaulted, Brits smallholding, Jan 21 2012

VanDerLinden Frans murdered wife assaulted children Yolandi 27 and fiancee Gerhard Coetzee hid Jan212012  Two black males appear in Brits lawcourt Jan 31 2012Daughter Yolandi van der Linden, 27, and her fiancee Gerhardt Coetzee, 26, hid  in fear, terrified that they would also be killed by the brutal black gang which attacked the family at 3am Sunday morning at their grandmother’s smallholding near Brits. The unarmed Mr van der Linden was shot at point-blank range and he died in the ambulance.
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Wedding-on-hold-for-dads-funeral-20120124

 

Unnamed black male farm-attacker killed, Alkmaar farm: Farmer Corrie Potgieter, 70, shoots dead one of three black farm-attackers who ambushed him at his Alkmaar, Nelspruit farm: dead man was found to be armed with a realistic-looking BB-pistol: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Man-kills-robber-armed-with-BB-gun-20120127

Smallholder Michael Stenger, 30 shot dead at Nelspruit smallholding: used as human shield by armed black-male gang – nothing robbed:

Stenger Michael with fiancee Rene Roestorf HE was shot dead when used as human shield by gang of armed blacks Sound Systems NELSPRUIT   2012-01-21 Nelspruit employee Michael Stenger was at work at the company Sound Systems when four armed black males arrived at 09:30 in a luxury BMW on Saturday Jan 21 2012 at the smallholding where the business is located. In the resulting firefight between his employer Charles Loram and the armed gang, Mr Stenger was killed: he was being used as a human shield by the gang. Forensic tests will have to determine who fired the fatal shot. Loram saw from his bedroom window that Mr Stenger had a black bag pulled over his head and when he stormed into his business with his .38, two gunmen fired shots at Loram. Mr Stenger was hit and the gang dragged Mr Stenger into an adjacent office, and held the injured man in front of them while exchanging fire with the owner.When Mr Loram ran out of ammo and rushed to his home to fetch his 9mm, the gang tried to get their BMW through the electric gates – but couldn’t.They then fled on foot. Mr Loram said he believes he injured two of them. When he returned to his office he found Mr Stenger – shot through the heart. Beeld newspaper surmises that Mr Loram may have shot dead Mr Stenger accidentially during the firefight – although offering no proof of this: it has to be established with forensic testing first. The police meanwhile have launched a ‘murder’ investigation and confiscated Mr Loram’s revolver and at least eight 9mm spent cartridges.An injured black suspect was arrested at Nelspruit police station when he lodged a formal charge claiming his red BMW had been ‘hijacked’. After checking the Sound Systems security cameras it was determined that the man had been amongst the armed robbers.Police arrested a black woman at a taxistand and questioned her about lending the red BMW to a man who claimed he wanted to attend a funeral with it. SAPS spokesman lt-col Leonard Hlathi said they released her. Mr Loram – who is a life-style trainer and dietician – was badly traumatised and unable to make a statement to the police.Mr Stenger was engaged to Ms René Roestorf and their wedding was planned for September.He leaves his mom Mrs Hannie Klokie and sisters Monika Stenger en Manuela Bergendahl. Beeld
http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Baas-dood-dalk-werker-20120122

Afrikaner farmer Frederick J van Zyl SNYDERS murdered: Merweville Western Cape
2011-12-13 Unarmed Afrikaner farmer Frederick J van Zyl-Snyders murdered, Merweville, WC: news was withheld by SAPS until Jan 12 2012 until a black male was arrested.  Nothing robbed. 2011-12-13
http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2243

Jan 18 2012 – Farmer Johan Strydom murdered at Alkmaar smallholdings: Nelspruit homesteaders under siege from two heavily-armed, professional crime-syndicates run by ex-soldiers, ex-police-officers… farmers’ meeting hears:

NINJAS GANG TERRORISING komatie MOZ SA BORDER Above: Warfare by two heavily-armed crime-syndicates comprised of welltrained black military- and police-officials are targetting Afrikaner rural residents at Alkmaar, Hermansburg, Weltevreden, Hilltop, and Maggiesdal smallholdings near Nelspruit, the meeting heard: January 20 2012  – A businessman was shot in an arm, 15 armed robberies, five hijacked vehicles, a large variety of stolen loot and the loss of many thousands of rands worth of goods. Those are the results of a terror-campaign targetting smallholders in the Alkmaar, Lowveld region – and things are just as bad in other regions.The Alkmaar security committee held another emergency meeting about the situation over the weekend.It was found that the youngest victim of the syndicate was Johan Strydom, attacked on January 18 2012 on his smallholding near Alkmaar; shot in an arm arm and his 4WD Toyota singlecabbed bakkie hijacked to Mozambique.He is recovering at MediClinic Nelspruit.The meeting at Kwanyoni Lodge had a large group of very angry farmers making new plans to stop the assaults against them. http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2267

 

PENDING – WAITING FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Still awaiting results of causes of two rural deaths at holiday resort from inquest court: Two Afrikaner tourists at rural Campherdrift holida resort, Annemarie van Loggerenberg and Willie Venter, were shot dead.
2012-01-18
http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2252

Listed, awaiting updated information about their medical condition: Two Afrikaner males left in critical condition, one man not expected to survive due to severe internal injuries: smallholding shooting, Garsfontein: Dozens of Afrikaner rural families attacked at the Garsfontein this month, in latest incident, the  De Beer, LaCock, and Geyer families were all attacked in same suburb within an hour of each other by the same heavily-armed group of black males:Mr Johan Geyer and has Mr Paul De Beer were still listed ‘in critical condition” on Feb 1 2012 —  because attackers used explosive bullets: SAPS manhunt launched in Menlo Park, Pretoria  — Mr Johan Geyer especially was critically injured: shot in the back while he was preparing food for his family in the kitchen; Jan 24 2012: 9pm. A local resident who saw the attack started chasing the gang and the police were called. — Ten minutes later, the same gang also shot and critically injured Mr Paul de Beer and attacked his wife in their drive way nearby. And thereafter Mr Jaco LaCock was also attacked in his nearby driveway, and his Mitsubishi Pajero hijacked. Mr LaCock was unharmed. — The attacks on the Geyer and De Beer family were confirmed by SAPS spokeswoman Annabelle Middelton.
http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Rowers-skiet-man-in-die-rug-20120124

Dutch MP fights for the rights of Afrikaans – and for the people who speak it:

One Dutch MP, Martin Bosma, has decided to start fighting for Afrikaans-language rights in South Africa: on the premise that if you fight for the survival of the language, you also fight for the survival of the people who speak it. He is getting considerable support from Dutch and Belgian MPs across a broad political spectrum: Dutch language union forms broad-based coalition of Dutch, Flemish MPs to fight for Afrikaans in SA:https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=370965846250594

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

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