A farm worker, 22, was shot dead and three of his colleagues were tied up helplessly all night after robbers attacked a farm in the De Wagensdrift area near Cullinan in Gauteng on Tuesday night.
Marius Muller, national operations coordinator for AfriForum, said according to preliminary information, three attackers, two of them armed, overpowered the workers in their home. One of the workers was shot through a steel door and the other was forced to open the main house on the farm.
The farmer did not live on the farm and was not on the farm during the attack.
The workers were tied up with cable ties and the robbers plundered the house. According to Muller, they fled at about 04:00 with a small truck and trailer and several household items.
The workers could only free themselves this morning and call for help.
Capt. Gauteng police spokeswoman Kay Makhubela said a murder and robbery charge was being investigated.
He said the three attackers cut a fence to gain access to the premises. No one has been arrested yet.
Recently, there have been renewed calls for better rural security following a spate of farm attacks. In several of the incidents, victims were seriously injured.
On Tuesday, the DA again called on Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa has done to break his silence regarding the increasing number of farm attacks and murders in the country.
Dianne Kohler Barnard, DA MP and chair of the party’s Working Party on Rural Security said the party had not yet received feedback on its request for a debate on these crimes. “Unfortunately, it’s not strange for a government that likes to praise farmers when they need it, but never helps the farming community when it’s in crisis,” Kohler Barnard said.
At least three farm attacks in the Free State over the past few days. An elderly couple and another man were also attacked and assaulted on Tuesday in a smallholding in the Sinoville area, north of Pretoria. There has also been a spate of attacks in the Onderstepoort area in recent times.