35th Farm attack in the Free State

The number of farm attacks in the Free State has risen to 35. The latest attack took place on Friday between Theunissen and Winburg.

35th Farm attack in the Free State
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According to a statement released by Free State Agriculture (FSA), Louis Kotze of the farm Kopfbrunen and a friend were attacked by three suspects.

The name of the friend had not been released yet.

Kotze was allegedly attacked with a garden fork and sustained 16 stab wounds and was being treated in a Bloemfontein hospital.

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About 50 farmers with 30 vehicles from Winburg and Theunissen were deployed in terms of FSA’s safety and security structures to patrol roads in the district.

According to the latest information, at least three suspects were involved in the attack. They were still at large.

FSA reported that this was the fourth farm attack in the province between 13 and 20 July 2017.

On 13 July 2017, an attack occurred on a small holding in the Oranjeville district and on 17 July an attack took place on a small holding in Navalsig, Bloemfontein.

This was followed by another attack on 19 July on the farm Habitali near Rosendal.

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Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.