At least 36 farm attacks were documented in South Africa by news sources in March, 2021, according to the Rome Research Institute of South Africa. Five attacks resulted in murders.
[Farm Attack & Murder Statistics March 2021, Farmers' Lives Matter South Africa, Facebook.com, April 3, 2021]
Below are news reports of many of the attacks.
Reports say the intruders were wielding knives when they entered the victim’s home. One of the attackers was fatally shot and the other fled into the bush.
78-year-old kills intruder during alleged farm attack in KwaZulu-Natal https://t.co/zMdyPqcX3o— Alec Greef (@GreefAlec) April 2, 2021
The incident occurred March 31, 2021.
[78-year-old kills intruder during alleged farm attack in KwaZulu-Natal, by Kavell Singh, news24.com, April 1 2021]
The Oorgrense Veilgheid Facebook group reported, “According to sources he had a big cut from his ear to his collar bone [sic] and bled to death. He was not shot as a voice note sent earlier suggested. Unconfirmed sources also suggested two stab wounds, one in the chest and one in the stomach.”
The victim was found in his vehicle.
The 65-year-old had earlier sold his farm to the government but returned to work after the enterprise struggled. He was also employed as an insurance adjuster.
The incident occurred on March 30, 2021.
[Farm murder: Graham Gibson found dead in bakkie [I.E. pickup truck] in Normandien, by Lyse Comins, thesouthafrican.com, April 1 2021]
A report says the man arrived home from work at about 10 p.m. Alerted by his barking dog, the man went outside to investigate. He was reportedly attacked by four or more males who fled when the victim fought back. The assailants were picked up by a vehicle that sped off.
The attack occurred on March 29, 2021.
[Farm attack, man severely assaulted by gang of attackers, Mooinooi, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 31 2021]
An unknown number of victims were bound and the home was ransacked. A vehicle which was stolen during the crime was later discovered a few miles away. The victims eventually managed to free themselves and alert authorities.
The incident occurred March 29, 2021.
[Farm attack, victims assaulted, tied up by 5 attackers, Cullinan, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 30 2021]
Reports say Corlene van Wyk was home alone at the time of the attack. Her son was in school and her husband at work.
Reports say the victim was shot four times with three wounds requiring treatment. One bullet grazed her head. She apparently survived by pretending to be dead. She is recovering in hospital, though traumatized.
A 70-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash while searching for the attackers.
The crime occurred March 22, 2021.
[Houtkop farm attack: Attackers came to kill and not to rob,, southafricatoday.net, March 29, 2021]
Renee Jain, below, was found by police who were investigating another home invasion nearby.
Police were alerted when Jain failed to answer her phone.
The other home invasion involved an elderly couple who was accosted by two suspects. The assailants broke through a glass door while the couple was in bed. Money and jewelry were demanded. The couple were bound and suspects fled in their vehicle.
Police were alerted after the couple managed to free themselves and escape through a window.
The crimes occurred on March 26, 2021.
[Police still searching for killers of Cape Union Mart exec, as community left shaken, by Nicole McCain, news24.com, March 31 2021]
The man was overpowered when he went outside to power on his generator.
He was forced back into his house where the three were assaulted and bound. Among stolen items were three firearms and a vehicle.
The crimes occurred at the Afrisun holiday resort on March 26, 2021.
[4 Attackers tie up owner and 2 women at Afrisun holiday resort, Barnardsvlei, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 26 2021]
The victim was reportedly pistol whipped and forced to open a safe.
When the man’s wife activated a panic button the intruders fled in the farmer’s truck.
The incident occurred March 25, 2021.
[Man attacked on farm near Joubertina, by Deon Blume, algoafm.co.za, March 27 2021 and Farm attackers caught on camera, farmer assaulted, robbed, Joubertina, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 26, 2021]
The mother was reportedly stabbed in the chest with a sharpened bicycle spoke, a common weapon used by South African blacks. The daughter fought to defend her mother as the attackers attempted to cut the older woman’s throat. The assailants fled when they realized they could not overpower the women.
The mother was hospitalized for urgent medication attention.
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The crime occurred March 25, 2021.
[Farm attack, mom and daughter stabbed, mom seriously injured, Brakpan, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 26 2021]
Nick Theron was assaulted by an unknown number of assailants just before 1 a.m. He was found hours later by his brother.
The intruders reportedly stole credit cards, cash, a pistol, and ammunition. The victim was hospitalized.
Three suspects were arrested.
The crime occurred March 24, 2021.
Reports say it is the fifth farm attack in the agricultural province within three weeks.
[Farm attack, elderly farmer hospitalised after assault, Ottosdal, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 24 2021 and Farm attacks in North West on the rise—FF+, defenceweb.co.za, March 25 2021]
The assailant, who made off with a cellphone, bicycle, and Opel Corsa, overpowered the woman and threatened her with a firearm.
#SpeakOut 📢— Jeanette de Villiers (@devilliers98) March 24, 2021
Another Farm Attack took place on 23 March 2021 at 10:15 in the Multi Plant area between Hartbeespoort & Brits in South Africa. An elderly woman was overpowered by an armed attacker who broke in & assaulted her & threatened her with a firearm.https://t.co/TKJHHYzfwO
Aside from being traumatized, the woman was not seriously injured.
The crime occurred March 23, 2021.
[Farm attack, elderly woman overpowered, assaulted and robbed, Hartbeespoort, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 24 2021]
Three shots were reportedly fired after the man directed his light on three intruders. All three shots missed their target.
Immediate response by neighboring farmers compelled the assailants to flee.
The crime occurred March 22, 2021.
[Attackers open fire on farmer, Koster, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 23 2021]
In the first attack, a woman was assaulted at night in her home. Few details are available.
In the second attack, two assailants bound an unidentified victim, ransacked the home, and made off with items including solar panels and batteries. The items were hauled off in the victim’s small truck. The victim was not seriously injured.
#SpeakOut 📢— Jeanette de Villiers (@devilliers98) March 21, 2021
Another Farm Attack took place on the night of 19 March 2021 on a smallholding in South Africa. Two attackers one of which was armed broke into the home & attacked the victim who was then assaulted & tied up. The home was then ransacked.https://t.co/FHZVKxZQsQ
The first attack occurred March 14, 2021. The second occurred March 19, 2021.
[Farm attack, 2 attackers assault, tie up victim, Kameeldrift West, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 21 2021]
The assailants threatened to kill the man’s family while the home was ransacked. Stolen items were loaded onto the family’s small truck and hauled away.
The incident occurred March 17, 2021.
[Farm attack, man lured outside, family attacked by 6 attackers, Honingnestkrans, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 23 2021]
The victim was awakened by the sounds of the intruders then brutally assaulted. The assailants were reportedly armed.
After ransacking the home, the suspects fled with laptops and a phone.
The incident occurred March 14, 2021 at about 4:00 a.m.
[Farm attack, woman viciously assaulted by 2 attackers, Kameeldrift West, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 16 2021]
An unknown number of assailants poisoned the family’s dog, bound the family, and ransacked their home. Stolen were cash, phone, and a firearm. None of the victims was seriously injured.
The dog survived and was treated.
The home invasion occurred March 13, 2021.
[Farm attack, dog poisoned, family assaulted, tied up, robbed, Swartruggens, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 16 2021]
Two separate shooting incidents were reported as the gang assaulted workers as they slept. One was shot in the hand, another was shot in the head. Both survived.
Two suspects were captured, a firearm was seized, and some stolen property was recovered.
The attack occurred March 10, 2021.
[2 Farm attacks, armed gang invade farms, 2 victims shot, Haakdoornboom, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 12 2021]
The assailants reportedly used crowbars to attack a man and his wife. The husband was seriously injured. His wife was assaulted and bound. Their home was ransacked. Stolen were televisions, phones, a laptop and other items. The victims were identified as the Dean family. Mr. Dean was hospitalized with head injuries.
The attack occurred on March 9, 2021.
[Farm attack, 3 attackers invade home with crowbars, man hospitalised, Rietfontein, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 12 2021]
Reports say a group stormed de Lange’s property targeting the farmer and his family.
FARM ATTACK!— lydia van der merwe (@DerLydia) March 3, 2021
Johannes de Lange and his family attacked by gang of 6 today near Kirkwood. Johannes was seriously injured but he managed to shoot one attacker dead and seriously wounded another. Johannes was transported to hospital.
Police report de Lange killed one of his attackers and injured another by shooting them. Three other suspects were captured by police.
The crime reportedly occurred March 3, 2021.
[Farm attack: EC farmer shoots suspect dead, after family assaulted, by Tom Head, thesouthafrican.com, March 3, 2021]
The victim had purchased the farm in 2020. Nothing was stolen.
The crime occurred March 4, 2021.
[Farm murder, emerging farmer found shot dead on his farm, Tongaat, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 9 2021]
The victim was found bound to one of his vehicles. Reports say his home was ransacked with suspects making off with his belongings in one of his vehicles.
Steenberg lived alone at Leeupoort Farm.
The attack occurred March 4, 2021.
[Mpumalanga farmer found tied to car, strangled to death, by Nokukhanya N Mntambo, jacarandafm.com, March 9 2021]
Reports say four intruders found the teen when they entered his bedroom where he was shot twice.
#SpeakOut 📢— Jeanette de Villiers (@devilliers98) March 8, 2021
Another Farm Attack took place early on Friday morning 5 March 2021 in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Four armed attackers invaded the home & upon entering one of the bedrooms, came across a sixteen year old boy who they shot twice.https://t.co/iSnbZYL4Qd
The attackers fled when the boy’s parents responded to the sound of gunfire. The boy received medical treatment and survived.
The incident occurred March 5, 2021.
[Farm attack, 4 attackers invade home, shoot boy (16) twice, Centurion, sourced from Oorgrens veiligheid, southafricatoday.net, March 9 2021]