A well-known Free State businesswoman and farmer, Mimie Jacobs was attacked with knives on her farm.
According to Police, the criminals demanded money, her bank card, and pin.
The men forced Jacobs to make an electronic payment and threatened her with rape.
Two young women who were home alone heard her cry and called for help but did not open the door. They feared for their own safety because they did not know if the woman’s cry for help was a trap.
After the attackers left, Jacobs freed herself, after which she ran about 5km to seek help at a neighboring farm.
Farmers from the area rushed to the farm where they found her injured.
Jacobs was taken to hospital by ambulance. The ambulance services and Afriforum’s medical response team also provided assistance. Roads in the area were blocked off, but by Sunday afternoon the attackers had not yet been arrested.
Tommie Esterhuyse, chairman of Agri SA’s rural safety center, says Jacobs is the second prominent farmer to be attacked in a short time. Derek Mathews, vice president of Grain SA, and his family were attacked on his farm in North West.
Jacobs was named the province’s winner in the women’s cereal and vegetable farmers division in 2016 by the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.