Farm attack leaves elderly injured

On Sunday afternoon at about 5pm, an elderly couple were attacked and robbed at their farmhouse near Bergville on the D564 road. The brutal farm attack has sent shock waves through the farming community.

The man, aged 72, had just gotten home and parked his bakkie when two armed men approached him. As he had one of his dogs with him, the other farm dog came running towards him, at which point one of the robbers callously shot the dog, seriously injuring it.

The old man was hit with the butt of the pistol.

It is believed that the gunmen then went into the farmhouse, keeping the farmer with them. A trail of blood marked the farmer’s passage through the house. Two more suspects then joined them.

The wife, a 66-year-old lady in a wheelchair, was savagely punched in the face. They then threw her from her wheelchair to the ground and dragged her across the blood-splattered passage.

At least one more shot was fired in the house.

During the robbery, the farmer was forced to open his gun safe. The robbers escaped the scene with cash, an iPhone, personal documents and two pistols. They left behind rifles belonging to the farmer and fled on foot.

The victims were only able to contact police about an hour after the ordeal.

Police were able to establish that a 9mm pistol was used to shoot the dog, as an empty shell casing was found on the ground.

The brave dog was transported to the vet after being shot desperately trying to save its master. The bullet went straight through the dog’s shoulder and exited through the stomach.

Police and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded to the scene. Paramedics treated the elderly couple.

SAPS, including elite members of the K9 Unit, and forensic experts were on scene late into the night.

A massive police manhunt involving dogs continued through the night.

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