Eldery white farm couple tortured with steam iron

An elderly white couple was badly injured after being tortured in the latest farm attack at De Wildt near Brits, North West police said on Wednesday.

Three armed black men wearing blue overall pants attacked Hannes (80) and his wife Annetjie on Tuesday, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

“Three black men covered in balaclavas came to the farm, assaulted him, tied him and his wife up, started torturing them and burnt them with a steam iron on most of their body parts.”

The men took firearms and cash from a safe and ransacked the house before fleeing on foot. No arrests had been made. Police had opened a case of robbery, assault, and attempted murder.

The couple were transported to the Mediclinic in Brits. Had Annatjie not alerted the neighbours by making an very risky emergency call, both victims would have been tortured to death.

Before the black attackers fled, they slashed the tyres of the owner’s vehicle.