November 05 2009 at 03:29PM
One man has been murdered and three injured in three farm attacks near Lephalale in Limpopo in the last 10 days, agricultural union TAU said on Thursday.
The attacks in the Baltimore/Koedoesrand area were "highly suspicious", provincial chairman of TAU's safety committee, Japie Spanio said.
On October 21 Jan Potgieter, 65, was killed in Marken. On October 24, Pieter Botha of Mokolo Safaris was badly injured in an attack. Izak and Mariaan Jansen van Vuuren of the farm Clanwilliam were attacked while going home after church last Sunday. Izak was apparently so badly injured he would have to undergo extensive facial plastic surgery.
The union asked provincial police commissioner Calvin Sengani and safety MEC Dikeledi Magadzi to set up a task team to investigate the possibility of an organised attack on the farmers.
"Criminals must get the message that the local community, with the SAPS, will not tolerate violent crime," Spanio said. - Sapa