The killing continues: White doctor murdered on game farm

The mutilated body of a retired doctor was found on his game farm in Limpopo on Monday, after he was presumably murdered on Saturday.

Netwerk24’s Marietie Louw-Carstens reported on Tuesday that Louis-John Botha, 64, is the second farmer in the just the Waterberg district of Limpopo to be killed this year. Susan Kotze, 76, was murdered on her farm near Lephalale in January.

According to the report, Botha had practised as a doctor in Swartwater for many years. He lived on the farm Gwelo Safaris about 12km from Swartwater.

Limpopo police are not sure exactly how Botha was killed. Trackers and the canine unit are searching the area and looking for clues.

Blood was found on the porch and inside the double-storey thatch home after neighbours were alerted when the doctor did not answer his phone. The safe had been opened and some items were missing.

Police were called and a search was launched. The body was only found on Monday morning, hidden about 200 metres from the house.

The police have not released official farm murder figures for seven years. The figures showed that 271 were murdered on farms or small-holdings in the past five years.

However, the Transvaal Agricultural Union disputed the figures saying that according to their own information, including social media, there were at least 63 murders in 2012, 62 in 2013, and 67 in 2014, noting a steady increase in farm attacks and farm murders against whites across South Africa.