In both cases the victims had their hands taped with Sellotape and robbed of valuables and firearms.
According to the KZN SAPS, the first attack occurred on a farm in the Camperdown area at about 8.30am on Wednesday, 19 February. A 40-year old farm employee was reportedly feeding pigs when he was confronted by two armed men who taped his hands and mouth and forced him towards the farm’s main homestead. Another eight armed suspects joined the group.
Police found a pellet gun at the scene. It is believed that it may have been used by the suspects during the robbery.
The second farm attack occurred at about 6.50am on Friday, 21 February, at Honingkrantz Farm in Killarney Isles. Approximately eight armed men confronted a 76-year old woman and her two domestic workers and then secured them with tape. The attackers reportedly tortured the first woman using pliers while demanding firearms from the homestead’s safe.
“An undisclosed amount of cash, as well as jewellery, ammunition and cell-phones were taken,” said KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane.
Koos Marais of the KZN Agricultural Union’s Security Desk urged the public to heed the SAPS’s call. “It’s in the interests of that community and its farmers, should anyone have information to come forward with it.”