Six men attacked an elderly couple Gert (81) and Joey (75) Pienaar from Dewetsdorp on Monday morning.
Shortly after midnight, the couple heard a window breaking from their home on the farm Monday morning, but before they could do anything, they were attacked in their bedroom.
The men demanded the safe and money.
Jannie van Tonder, the couple’s son-in-law, says the attackers hit them over the head with a glass bottle and a rifle and also stabbed them with a knife.
“The guys apparently believed there was a lot of money in the house and broke open to the floorboards and flipped the whole house in search of money,” says Van Tonder.
The attackers tied Gert and Joey, but she was able to unwrap herself and escaped to seek help.
The attackers, meanwhile, stole two handguns and a small-caliber rifle, a purse, and cellphone and fled on foot according to all indications.
Van Tonder says Joey walked about a kilometer away, barefoot and injured, to neighbors, Johan and Mercia de Beer, to get help.
Their barn was also broken into on the farm last week and on Tuesday 17 December, the Pienaars heard at night that there were people in the front house.
Van Tonder says some of the house’s burglar bars were broken open.
The couple was admitted to Life Rosepark Hospital in Bloemfontein on Monday morning for observation.
Willie Lombard, Free State Agriculture’s security representative in the area, says police are following numerous clues and have already obtained good information.