The final word
I would like to give my side of the story regarding Danie Pienaar’s letter “My farm boy heart is not happy” (Drive Out #111). I’m grateful for Jaco’s comments and I would like to add a few extra facts. I did not break the farmer’s gate. There was a locked farm gate with a vehicle gate next to it. The latter had a pole that was fastened with a bolt and nut. I removed the pole and then put it back. I didn’t damage anything. The road is indicated as a public road on my road map. That’s why we wanted to ask for permission to drive there, but we couldn’t find the farmer. The signs at the gate read: “Please close the gate” and “Gate locked”. There was also a sign that read: “Use vehicle gate at own risk”. Of course I’ll close the gate after driving through – it’s a general rule. Last point: I didn’t go looking for anything on the farm. I planned my route in detail. I read Gert Sarrisam’s books about growing up in Namakwaland and how they landed on Bulletrap for school or communion. That’s why I wanted to see what Bulletrap looks like. I found it in my Map Studio 1st edition 2004 road map and I planned my route accordingly. That day we drove from Springbok to Nababeep, then through it and back to the N7, and took the turn-off left to “Nigramoep/Bulletrap”, PROVINCIAL ROAD (see photo). On the map it was indicated as a provincial dirt road that eventually connects to the R355 and later to the R383 to Port Nolloth. So we did plan ahead, but circumstances were beyond our control. Further ahead on the R355 we didn’t encounter any other gates. The other question is: If I was coming from that direction (west to east), how did I illegally arrive at the farm? From there we continued to the R382 (Steinkopf-Port Nolloth road) to spend the night at McDougall’s Bay. So let’s not get emotional. How difficult is it for murderers to climb over an ordinary gate or to crawl underneath the vehicle gate?