A farmer was murdered and his corpse dragged behind his bakkie outside Ottosdal on Saturday night, North West police said.
"At about 8pm three suspects entered a 49-year-old
farmer's house... They held him at gunpoint while they ransacked the
house for money," Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said on Sunday.
"They shot him in the chest, the back, and in the head,
then used [the farmer's] bakkie to drag him for about 1.2km before the
The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) named him as Andre van der Merwe.
According to Ngubane his body was still tied to the
Toyota LDV when police arrived on the scene, on the
Ottosdal-Delareyville road. One of the alleged murderers was arrested
there and led police to his two accomplices. It was suspected that some
cattle may have been stolen in the attack.
Ngubane said although the brutality of the attack might
suggest an "ulterior motive", possibly related to "previous issues
with the farmer", he could not confirm whether the suspects were known
to Van der Merwe, who lived alone.
"This will all form part of the investigation and it is too early to speculate at the moment."
Cases of murder, house robbery, theft of motor vehicle,
stock theft and illegal firearm possession had been opened against the
three arrested men. They would appear in court on Tuesday.
The FF Plus expressed shock at the cruelty of the
murder and said the government should help ensure the safety of farming
"The government and minister of police are slow to act
against farm attackers, and the rural safety plan still exists only in
theory," party MP Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.-Sapa
|Address:||Farm outside Ottosdal|
|Crime Date/Time:||30 Apr 2011, 00:04 AM|
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|Reported Date:||1 May 2011, 14:05 PM|