Brutally beaten South African farmer dies from injuries
PIET Els, an elderly man from Kimberley in South Africa whose savage beating was highlighted in a Sunday Telegraph investigation into attacks against white farmers, has died after 111 days in intensive care.
Mr Els and his partner Rikkie Alsemgeest, 67, were on his property on the outskirts of Kimberley when four hooded men raided them at night in late January. Mr Els, 86, was a successful businessman who had been a friend of Nelson Mandela. He refused to live with heavy security like so many other white South African farmers.
He was beaten with an iron bar while the intruders demanded the combination to his safe. Mr Els became confused and could not recall the combination, and was beaten further.
Ms Alsemgeest was digitally raped and burned across her legs and head with a household iron. Mr Els never came out of hospital. “It was better for him in the end,” Ms Alsemgeest said.
“He was four months in ICU and he was really suffering at the end. He was really fighting to get better but in the end he was too weak. “It was horrible to see him suffer.” South African police have arrested and charged three of the attackers but the ringleader is still on the loose.
Last year there were 404 violent attacks on mainly white-owned farms. As of last week, there were 197 attacks and 26 murders.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton caused a diplomatic incident with South Africa when he said he would consider humanitarian visas for white farmers.
His department is examining options.
Piet Els died in hospital