January 19 2007 at 07:13PM
The body of a 68-year-old farmer was found on Friday morning near a gate to his farm outside Vredefort, North West police said.
Superintendent Louis Jacobs said workers found Piet Barnard Venter's body in a patch of tall grass near the gate, about two kilometres from the farm house.
Venter's Toyota 4X4 bakkie was also found abandoned on the road between Parys and Fochville around 8.30am.
Police believed that Venter was overpowered at the gate on his way home to the farm Somerplaas on Thursday night after taking his workers to Parys.
He had no visible wounds of any significance, Jacobs said, but a piece of rope was tied around his neck. It was believed that he had been strangled.
There was no sign of a break-in at the farm house and nothing was missing except his cell phone, which he had with him.
It was believed that his attackers fled in his bakkie, taking the cell phone. The tracking device on the bakkie presumably activated and the vehicle's engine cut out.
Police were still investigating the circumstances of the attack, Jacobs said. - Sapa