Five attacks on white farmers in one week

farmmurdersThis week has seen at least five farm attacks on white farmers in South Africa.

In the latest incident, a farmer and his wife were attacked by two armed men on their farm outside Barkly-East.

The white farmer, Sarel Pretorius from the farm Rooipoort, was shot dead. His wife was locked in the bathroom.

Farm watch groups were mobilised to find the attackers, who had fled in the direction of Elliot.

The attackers stole a white Toyota Hilux bakkie and firearms.

The community of Barkly East is still traumatised by the brutal murder of David (87) and Rallie de Villiers (86) in October of 2013.

The other four farm attacks are as follows:

11 January – Bloemspruit. Dr Jacob Swart and his wife Elise were attacked on their farm with knives and steel pipes by two men. The attackers fled with a .22 revolver, a rifle, two cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash.

12 January – Wallmansthal area. An R5 attack rifle, allegedly issued only to the SAPS, was used in an attack on two victims in their sixties. The farmer was wounded and electrical appliances were stolen.

14 January – Waterval area near Pretoria. The farmer was lured outside and attacked with a machete.

14 January – Wallmansthal area. A farmer was held hostage and attacked.