24/11/2008 07:40 - (SA)
Hilda Fourie, Beeld
Pretoria - A farmer who'd been shot five times, left a trail of blood as he dragged himself to his bedroom. He lay down on his bed and died.
Friends of Frans Jordaan, 63, found his body on his farm near Bultfontein, north of Pretoria, at about 12:00 on Saturday.
He'd made and installed cement products.
His son Francois told Beeld he had talked to his father on Friday afternoon at about 18:15 when Frans was on his way to the farm.
When Francois arrived at his father's farm on Saturday afternoon, he saw that the first missed calls on Frans's cellphone had been at 19:00
His father's grocery shopping was still standing on the shelf where he had put it down as he'd walked into the house.
"He must have got home, unlocked the door and put down his groceries when he was overpowered," Francois said.
"With the shooting there must have been a scuffle, because there are marks in the blood on the floor.
"My dad was someone who would have fought back.
"Judging by the blood-marks on the way to his bedroom and the handprints against the wall, it seems that he went to his bedroom, sat down on the bed, lay back and died there."
Francois said his father must have died between 18:30 and 19:00.
Frans was shot five times - three times in the chest and twice in the back.
On Saturday morning Tuan and Amanda Kriel, Frans's friends, became concerned when Frans did not drop off tiles as they had expected him to do, his son said.
At about 12:00 they went to his house.
The sliding door was open and the key was in the door.
The Kriels found him dead on his bed and called his son and the police.
Francois said when he arrived at his father's house, he found some of his father's electronic goods put into bags, while the wires of other items had been rolled up.
The robbers had fled only with Frans's firearms and Nissan bakkie.
The bakkie was later found in Soshanguve, about 15km from where Frans had died.
"My dad was my pal," Francois said.
"He had stuck by me in difficult times.
"It was terrible to receive the call that my father was dead. It's yet another farm murder.
"We don't know if it was his employees or just theft.
"I'm angry. Furious.
"All his workers are without a job now and my father is gone.
"What's the point? Who has benefited from this murder?
"We can't carry on like this. An incident like this just makes all kinds of racist thoughts come to the fore," Francois said.