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The IFP believes the government is not doing enough to tackle farm attacks in KZN. Photo: Unsplash

Farm ATTACK: Farmer, son disarm suspects, police swoop in

A farmer and his son managed to thwart a farm attack when two armed men driving a tractor arrived on their property this week.

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The IFP believes the government is not doing enough to tackle farm attacks in KZN. Photo: Unsplash

Police have arrested an alleged farm attacker and recovered an unlicensed firearm in the Phuthaditjhaba district this week.

Free State SAPS spokesperson, Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring, said that the farm attack suspect had confronted a farmer and his son with a firearm. He said the farmer had managed to disarm the suspect but he had managed to flee the scene of the crime on Monday.

Mophiring said that the farmer’s son was on the farm, Ande Vrede Farm, in the Phuthaditjhaba district, together with his father when the suspect arrived with another unknown man who was driving a tractor. The men arrived on the farm at around 18.30pm on Monday evening. 

Farm attack thwarted

“They were requested by the father to leave, but the suspect engaged in a physical confrontation with both the father and his son. It is further alleged that he took out a firearm and fired a shot, Mophiring said.

“He was eventually overpowered and disarmed. He then fled leaving the firearm behind,” he said.

Mophiring said the crime was reported to the police and brought to the attention of the Phuthaditjhaba Tactical Response Team, who swiftly arrested the suspect. He said the police had also seized the firearm and circulated the pistol’s serial number on the police’s national database.

“It was discovered that it was reported stolen from Gugulethu in the Western Cape Province,” he said.

Mophiring said that there 25-year-old suspect was expected to appear in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate court on 01 December 2021 to face a charge of being in possession of an unlicenced firearm and ammunition.

Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Baile Motswenyane commended the farmer and his son for disarming the suspect.

“I want to commend the farmer and the son for being brave and managing to disarm the suspect of this unlicensed firearm that could have claimed the lives of innocent people on the farm,” Motswenyane said