Farmers in the North West arrested two suspected farm attackers within hours after a 92-year-old farmer was assaulted and robbed.
Piet Raath gave two men water shortly before the attack on his farm in Brakpan after they said they were thirsty. They attacked him afterwards.
“He was not seriously injured but was severely traumatized,” his son Chris said on Monday. “My father was very confused shortly after the attack.”
The farmers blocked roads on Sunday afternoon. trace dogs and a microplane was used to arrest the two suspects in the maize lands, said Fransie Hugo of Ottosdal’s community policing forum.
Hugo and several emergency groups in the area, including the Bamboesspruit and Gloudina groups, responded quickly when they heard that Raath had been attacked on his farm.
Chris says a farm worker warned his father around lunch around Sunday that strange people were walking around the farm. “My dad went out. The two young men asked for drinking water, and the farm worker gave them water. “
The farm worker was tied up and beaten outside the home, but he was not seriously injured.
The two men also overpowered Raath outside the house, hit him with a “kierie”, took him back to the house and tied his hands and feet with shoelaces.
“While my father was lying in one of the rooms on the floor, the robbers in Afrikaans said they were looking for money. My father pointed out that there was money in a closet in another room. The two, meanwhile, also got my father’s firearm and aimed it at him. He begged them not to shoot him. “
The robbers found the money in the closet and also stole meat, cutting knives, shoes and a watch from Piet’s deceased wife, Ria.
Police were also at the scene and the two were arrested.