Woman survives brutal farm attack

While recuperating in hospital, a white farm attack victim Mariette Saaiman, 45, found comfort in the possibility that two of her three attackers had been apprehended.

However, police later confirmed the suspects arrested could not be positively linked to the brutal assault on Saaiman and her husband, Aneil, 38, in Sudwala, Mpumalanga, Lowvelder reported.

According to Shaun Terblanche of J&M Security, who attended the scene, the apprehended black suspects were responsible for stealing copper after vandalising a transformer on a nearby farm.

The couple was overpowered on Boschkom Estate on Sunday morning.

The Saaimans sustained severe injuries after three black men entered their property, tied them up and assaulted them for more than an hour.

Saaiman got a torn earlobe, for which she had to get surgery, and sustained a wound to the head as well as several bruises to her body.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said no one had been arrested and that the suspects were still at large. Bossies Community Justice has offered a reward of up to R50 000 for information leading to the apprehension and successful prosecution of the criminals.

In March, five black men were arrested after an alleged farm attack outside Memel in the Free State.

Police said the incident occurred shortly after 2.30pm yesterday when six suspects entered the farm premises.

However, farm workers immediately notified authorities, and the men escaped in the farmer’s two vehicles towards Memel.

At Memel, the suspects in the smaller vehicle were reportedly pushed off the road, and gunfire was exchanged between them and police officers. One suspect was injured during the shootout and taken to Vrede hospital by ER24 paramedics.

Three black men were reportedly arrested. The last suspect is still at large.

Source: The Citizen