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Stellenbosch farmer killed after another brutal attack

Another brutal attack on a Stellenbosch farmer has sent a further shockwave through the farming community. What can be done to stop them?

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Just one day after a mammoth release of the yearly crime stats, news has been revealed of a farm attack that took place on Tuesday. The brutal attack took place during the early hours of the morning in Klapmuts Stellenbosch.

47-year-old wine farmer Joubert Conradie was shot even though the incident appears to not be a robbery.

“The victim reacted to a noise in his residence [just before 01:00] when he was attacked and shot by unknown suspects, who fled empty handed,” police said in a statement.

Conradie was taken to a local Mediclinic where he then passed away.

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard confirmed that he died while undergoing emergency surgery. News24 spoke to wine writer Emile Joubert who spoke highly of Conradie.

“To have somebody lose a life in this manner has been a tragedy. I am concerned that the area has been ravaged by crime over the past six to eight months – we have had friends who have been robbed and assaulted,” he said.

Joubert also said that he was not surprised by the attack because authorities have not paid attention to the warning signs of farm crime.

“This will have an impact on the greater wine community. Wine-making is the lifeblood of this community, and its success depends on the image of the wine community. So, to have such a gruesome incident on top of the Stellenbosch Cubana shooting, is a big hamper,” Joubert said.

Farm attacks and murders have been on the rise over the last year or so and the issue has entered the public discourse. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula was grilled about farm murders by VF+ MP’s on Tuesday. The minister said SAPS was constantly speaking to farmers to work on how to stop crime.

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