A 57-year-old man was wounded in his leg after at least four assailants fired at him and his son from outside their farmhouse.
Police said the incident happened at about 20:30 on Monday at the Moorland Seedlings farm in the Thornhill area, about 50 km outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
Four men with masks reportedly fired several shots through the living room window, as well as threw stones through the windows, apparently in an attempt to gain access to the home.
Police spokesman Gerda Swart said the man was shot in the left leg.
“He and his son were hiding in a room and pressed the panic button. The attackers fled shortly thereafter. “
Police, Smhart Security and various neighborhood watches responded immediately, but no one was arrested by Tuesday morning.
David Phelan of the Kouga Security Alliance says neighborhood watches and security guards immediately manned intersections in the area, but he suspected the attackers fled on foot and had a getaway car on nearby N2.
Phelan did not want to speculate on the motive for the attack, but said there was an increase in house burglaries in the Thornhill area.
A case of attempted murder is being investigated, Swart said.