P­lett farm at­tack of gra­ve con­cern

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der

Whi­le South A­fri­cans u­ni­ted on Mon­day a­gainst farm mur­ders a­cross the coun­try, P­let­ten­berg Bay is grap­pling with its own ru­ral at­tack.

Po­li­ce are yet to ar­rest a­nyo­ne fol­lo­wing an e­ar­ly-mor­ning at­tack on a far­mer on the A­von­tuur Ro­ad out­si­de the to­wn.

Cap­tain Mar­le­ne Pie­ter­se said the in­ci­dent hap­pe­ned on Sun­day 22 Oc­to­ber at a­bout 03:45.

The far­mer is said to ha­ve wo­ken up to a glass door being bro­ken. Two young men en­te­red, but di­sap­pea­red af­ter the ho­me­o­w­ner shou­ted at them.

They re­tur­ned short­ly the­re­af­ter, ho­we­ver, this ti­me ar­med with ma­che­tes, and al­le­ge­d­ly at­tac­ked the far­mer who in the pro­cess of the scuf­fle, sus­tai­ned wounds to his fa­ce and hands.

The sus­pects fled the sce­ne with se­ver­al i­tems in­clu­ding a lap­top and a cel­lp­ho­ne.

Se­ver­al mem­bers of the P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA) se­ar­ched the a­rea and fol­lo­wed their trail to the N2 w­he­re it di­sap­pea­red in­to K­wa­no­kut­hu­la.

“We ha­ve not ma­de any ar­res­ts as yet, but the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to the mat­ter con­ti­nues,” said Pie­ter­se.

In the me­an­ti­me, PBCPA chair

Bru­ce Ri­chard­son said that du­ring the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on it had been dis­co­ve­r­ed that a neig­hbour had em­ploy­ed a lar­ge group of wor­kers to do con­structi­on on his pro­per­ty.

“W­hen ap­pro­a­ched by po­li­ce, the neig­hbour was u­na­ble to pro­vi­de the po­li­ce with either the na­mes or any i­den­ti­fi­ca­ti­on or any ot­her in­for­ma­ti­on con­cer­ning tho­se she had in­vi­ted on­to her pro­per­ty,” Ri­chard­son said.

He ad­ded that fai­lu­re to keep a re­cord of all tho­se em­ploy­ed was ham­pe­ring the po­li­ce in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on.

“As the PBCPA we very strongly ur­ge all re­si­dents to re­frain from em­ploying and brin­ging on­to their pre­mi­ses unkno­wn per­sons, to rat­her enga­ge with a kno­wn in­di­vi­du­al who you can re­ly on and non­cri­mi­nal la­bou­rers, and al­ways keep a de­tailed list of the na­mes, IDs and re­si­den­ti­al ad­dres­ses of all per­sons that you enga­ge to car­ry out any work on your pre­mi­ses.

“Your li­ves and tho­se of your neig­hbours may de­pend on you un­der­ta­king the­se pre­cau­ti­ons.”

A R2 000 re­ward is still a­vai­la­ble to a­nyo­ne with in­for­ma­ti­on that le­ads to the ar­rest of the sus­pects.

S­hould a­nyo­ne ha­ve in­for­ma­ti­on that could as­sist po­li­ce in their in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on they can con­tact in­ves­ti­ga­ting of­fi­cer War­rant Of­fi­cer John Nom­doe on 044 501 1955.

Se­ver­al Gar­den Rou­te re­si­dents joi­ned the #BlackMon­day cam­paign a­gainst far­mers on Mon­day 30 Oc­to­ber. The big­ge­st gat­her­ing was in Ge­or­ge, w­he­re a­bout 400 vehi­cles took part in a pe­a­ce­ful pro­test that star­ted at C­hec­kers in York S­treet and en­ded at the Gar­den Rou­te Mall.

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