Jan 23, 2010 11:29 AM By Sapa
A 59-year-old Free State farmer has been attacked and killed by three men on his farm in Ficksburg on Saturday, police said.
Sergeant Majang Mosupa said the incident occurred at around 5am at the Goodhope farm.
She said the farmer, Ernest Giefeke, went outside to feed his animals and water plants when he was attacked by the men.
"He was hit with (a) stone on the back of his head and his throat was cut with a knife, she said.
Mosupa said the three men then went into the man's house and demanded money and firearms from his wife at gunpoint.
But the woman managed to press a panic button, causing the men, who were also carrying a knife and a screwdriver, to flee on foot.
No arrests have been made and police are investigating a murder case.