Free State farmer attacked

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Free State farmer brutally attacked by two suspects while having lunch

A Free State farmer was having lunch at his farmhouse on Monday 12 October when he smelled smoke and decided to investigate.

Free State farmer attacked

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A farmer in the Free State was brutally attacked and doused with petrol at his farmhouse in the Koffiefontein District on Monday 12 October. The victim, however, fought for his life and managed to escape the suspects.  


On Monday 12 October 2020 at about 13:45 the complainant Andries Smith Myburgh, 31, was having lunch at his farmhouse at Vandermerwesdam farm when he smelled smoke outside. 

“He went to investigate and was hit with an object on the head but managed to push the suspect away. He was allegedly attacked with a knife by the second suspect and in the process, he was poured with petrol,” said Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.

According to Makhele, the victim managed to pull his firearm and the suspects fled. 

“He fired a number of shots in the direction of the suspects and whilst firing he realised that he is on fire and he jumped into the swimming pool,” said Makhele. 

The two suspects fled on foot and the complainant alerted the police and neighbours.

One suspect was identified as beig approximately two metres tall and was wearing green overall trousers and a light blue shirt. The other had a blue overall suit. The complainant had no serious injuries and was attended by medical personnel.

“Both suspects are unknown to the complainant,” added Makhele. 


Police Minister Bheki Cele, on Monday, announced that one of the suspects accused of murdering farmer Brendin Horner had been previously arrested on multiple occassions. 

“People that we have arrested there, one of them has been arrested twice, but the other one has been arrested 16 times. I would like to know why a person who has been arrested 16 times is still given another chance to commit another crime. I have committed to meet the leadership of some political organisations that have been drawn into the Senekal situation.”

The death of Horner seemed to be the tipping point following a spate of farm murders. The frustration then led to protests outside the Senekal Court. The protesters, some of which were farmers themselves, stand accused of damaging court property and overturning a police vehicle. One farmer from Senekal has since been arrested for his actions at the protest. 

The 52-year-old farmer is expected back in court on Tuesday 13 October to hear the outcome of his bail application.