SAPS Loxton station commander Capt Prins warns Northern Cape farmers to step up their security because of recent crimes targetting farm-families:
May 18 2012 – LOXTON, North Cape farmer Tickey van Wyk, 37 -- who was a finalist in the ‘BoerSoekVrou’ (Farmer Seeks Wife) TV programme in South Africa in 2009 -- had an unpleasant wake-up call only too familiar to most Afrikaner farmers: on Sunday May 13, the young farmer returned at around 17h30 to his homestead on the farm Wolwas: where he found blood on the kitchen floor, bullet holes in the walls of the kitchen. He immediately notified police in Loxton.
Stolen shotgun put back into safe:
SAPS Capt Prins, commander at the Loxton police station, told Censorbugbear-Reports by telephone today that after a search of the farm, two farm-workers’ children were found, aged 18 and 16, hiding out in other houses. The 16-year-old had a large wound from a shotgun, fired at close range, in his shoulder and was rushed to hospital. The 18-year-old was arrested and is expected to appear for a remand appearance in Victoria West magistrate’s court early next week. It appears that the younger burglar may have been shot in an argument by the older male after they had broken into Van Wyk’s farm, drank his wine and then stole his shotgun from the safe. The reason for the incident remain murky. http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/2615
Capt Prins: “Even worse things may have been prevented: we don’t know whether the older suspect was planning to carry out any violent crimes with that gun. Our investigation is still continuing…”
Above: Tickey van Wyk and wife Selme-Louise met each other on the TV programme ‘Farmer Seeks Wife’ in 2009, (BoerSoekVrou). http://beta.mnet.co.za/mnetvideo/browseVideo.aspx?vid=16030/ Censorbugbear-Reports has tried several times to reach him on his cellphone today to talk about the incident on his farm, but has been unable to talk to him.
North Cape region was safer than rest of South Africa until recent farm attacks
Van Wyk farms in the arid Northern Cape region where, until recently, farm attacks were almost unheard of. “Farmers in this region are not yet as security aware as they should be and I have been talking to them warning to step up security,” said Capt Prins to Censorbugbear-Reports in a telephone conversation today.
Prins said the detectives at the Loxton police station responded quickly to Mr Van Wyk’s emergency call -- and found a terrified, injured 16-year-old boy, son of one of Van Wyk’s workers, hiding at a farm worker’s cottage. The youth had a large gunshot wound in his right shoulder from a closeup blast from a shotgun. He was rushed to hospital and, according to Capt Prins, soon will undergo plastic surgery to repair damage to his shoulder. “He’s recovering. When he is released from hospital, he will be arrested, but because of his youth will probably be released in the custody of his parents,’ he noted.
SAPS communications officer w/o H.L. Kruger (above) noted that the police also took the 18-year-old into custody. Neither youths have been asked to plead to any charges yet, but their remand hearing is schedued for next week.
Capt Prins said it seems as if the two young males had broken into Van Wyk’s farm-house in hiis absence and stolen two bottles of wine valued at R200. They drank it, said Capt Prins... ‘however when the police found them they were not all that drunk...’
Capt Prins said the exact details of what happened between the two young people aren’t known, but it is known that “one of the youngsters knew the location of the gun-safe key, opened it, and took out the farmer’s shotgun.“
What happened next is still a mystery: but apparently an argument ensued and that ‘the older suspect allegedly shot the younger one.’ Before they fled, the shotgun was put back into the safe, said Capt Prins. It’s the underlying motive for this shooting which is still murky and being investigated, said Capt. Prins.
NORTH CAPE REGION WAS RELATIVELY SAFE FROM HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES AND FARM-ATTACKERS UNTIL 2010:
The árid, scarcely populated northern Cape region did not have as many incidents of violence against white farmers until the end of 2010. However the region’s farmers have lately become much more alert ever since the three-member Steenkamp family was slaughtered under still deeply mysterious circumstances. However other very violent crimes – including an Afrikaner trucker who was torched to death near Victoria West; an elderly farmer – refugee from Zimbabwe – was murdered and his wife brutalised near Phillipstown, and similar hate-crimes – listed below:
On July 25 2011, Mrs Kleintjie Easton, 84, was beaten to a pulp in a brutal four-hour, motiveless beating by a coloured youth in her Carnavon, NC home:
The man tried to smother her to death with bedding and after assaulting her, leaving her with broken ribs, bleeding eardrums from kicks against her head, and an injures spine, he left her behind for dead. The critically injured old Afrikaans woman was found at 3pm the following Tuesday afternoon, still alive. But her ordeal did not end there: she is rushed to hospital where she is taken care of by a coloured matron. And when the police established the identity of the old woman's attacker -- as he had left his fingerprints all over the house – they discovered that the man was the son of the matron who was treating Mrs Eston in hospital. His first court appearance was on Monday Aug 1 2011. Nothing was stolen.
Afrikaner trucker torched to death near Victoria West, NC:
On Dec 11 2011 about 5km outside Victoria West in the NC, an Afrikaner trucker was torched to death inside his truck . Dalene Jacobs Kemp had filed a missing person complaint with the SAPS after her brother-in-law who drove a left-hand drive cooling truck went missing on a drive between Cape Town and Springs in Gauteng. The word 'boogie man' was printed on the front of the truck, its registration number was CBW115GP. They found her brother-in-law north of Victoria West in the Central Karoo. He was torched. His truck was stolen. The SAPS at the border posts have been alerted to be on the lookout for the truck. HER FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dalene.kemp1 and
Four-member Theron family found dead with gunshot wounds to their heads on De Aar, North Cape farm
There also were the mystery deaths on April 19 2011 of the entire four-member Theron family was found dead with gunshot wounds to their heads early on Monday-morning by one of their farm workers. Mr David Theron, 58, was found dead seated in his bakkie with a .357 magnum revolver on his lap. Police ‘are not investigating any suspicious deaths’. Found shot to death were Theron, described as a ‘successful Northern Cape farmer’; his frail, ailing wife Cornel (39), and their two daughters Mikaila (8) and Cara (6), both pupils at the Oranje Afrikaans primary school. Mr David Theron, 58, was found dead with a headshot: a .357 magnum revolver was found NEATLY PLACED IN HIS LAP. He had a deadly headwound. His children and his wife's bodies, each with a shot to the head were found hidden underneath piles of clothing.SAPS lt-col Hendrik Swart said the farm-worker who found the Theron family in their bakkie noticed that Mr Theron did not respond to his calls, and immediate fetched Mr Theron's brother and contacted the De Aar police. "The De Aar police opened the bakkie and noticed that Mr Theron was dead with a large pile of clothing and jackets next to him and a .357 magnum revolver on his lap. When the clothes were moved the two children, each with a headshot, were found dead. Mrs Theron's body was found on the back of the bakkie hidden underneath a pile of clothing. She also had a headwound.Family friends Johan Pretorius, a Bloemfontein photographer, and Mrs Bettie Jansen of De Aar, both were quoted as saying that the Theron couple were 'gentle people who radiated much kindness and warmth”; and that the event simply did not “match the dynamics of this family”. Both said that the Theron couple had been dedicated to their daughters and were good parents.
On Sept 6 2010, the impoverished Zimbwean refugees Jakobus Wartington and wife Anne were attacked on NC farm: he was killed, she was brutalised, Phillipstown, Disselskuil NC farm
2010-09-06 Jana Engelbrecht, Volksblad – Phillipstown, Kimberley - 78-year-old farmer Jakobus Cornelius Wartington was cruelly murdered and his 72-year-old wife Anna Maria tied up and cruelly assaulted in their homestead at a farm in the Philipstown district over the weekend. Police spokesperson Mashay Gamieldien said Wartington and his wife, were attacked in their house on the farm Disselskuil on Saturday night, between 20:00 and midnight.Apparently Mr Wartington had gone out to check why their electricity had failed. The generator is in a room outside the house. He was then overpowered by the two suspects.They viciously assaulted him and killed him and then attacked and tied up his wife. Gamieldien said the suspects fled in the couple's green Isuzu bakkie with the registration number BZM 421 NC. They also stole a 7.6mm Browning pistol and a .22 Remington rifle. A family member said Mrs Wartington "crawled" to the telephone after the attack to phone her son on a nearby farm."She has had a hip replacement. I don't know how she managed to reach the telephone. It was pitch dark and she was tied up with shoelaces." They are South African citizens, but formerly lived in Zimbabwe. After being forced to leave Zimbabwe they returned .
On Feb 1 2011, Barend Erasmus, 79 and his wife Annetjie, 82, were attacked and survived the stabbing, inside their homes in Phillipstown :
The parents of SA TV personality Ellen Erasmus survived the attack at their home and were taken to hospital. http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/1021
Tickey van Wyk on Farmer Seeks Wife programme: