According to southafricatoday.net, there were 18 farm attacks including two murders in South Africa during the month of October 2023.
Farm attacks were reported in the following provinces:
18 Farm attacks, 2 farm murders in South Africa, October 2023, Southafricatoday.net, Nov. 6, 2023
The two intruders were armed; one with a handgun and the other with a knife.
The victim was assaulted after he told the intruders he had no cash.
After ransacking the house, they made off with an air rifle, radio, food, and household items.
Tracks led to a nearby settlement, but no arrests were made.
Man tied up, assaulted during farm attack outside Mokopane, no attribution, southafricatoday.net, October 23, 2023
The 18-year-old intruder overpowered his 66-year-old victim. She was assaulted and stabbed in the face and head. The attacker fled with cellphones, vehicle keys, and other items.
Police were able to track the suspect to a nearby farm, using a K-9 unit and support for neighboring farmers.
The suspect was arrested, charged, and is set to appear in court.
Manhunt puts Marydale house robbery suspect safely behind bars, no attribution, southafricatoday.net, October 18, 2023
Reports say the intruders found their victim sleeping when he was threatened.
The suspects stole items worth over 100,000 rand ($5,454.30 USD).
Police were mobilized to engage in a manhunt.
At one incident, armed intruders forced two employees to give them access to the owner’s house while he was not home. The suspects used a grinder to gain access to a safe. They made off with two pellet guns, one shotgun, mattresses, clothes, bag, blankets, cellphones, and other items.
Having loaded the owner’s truck and trailer with the stolen goods, the farmer returned home prompting the suspects to flee on foot.
Musina police activate manhunt to arrest a group of suspects committed business robbery at a farm, no attribution, southafricatoday.net, October 6, 2023
Robbers flee with more than R100k worth of items from Limpopo farm, by Phathu Luvhengo, heraldlive.co.za, November 4, 2023
When five attackers arrived in a BMW X5 and smashed their way into the house through the front door, Louw took action.
Initially, Louw opened the door when the suspect knocked, feigning to be looking for another residence. When firearms were spotted, the teen tried to close the door. He was overpowered as the suspects burst into the house. Two shots rang out; one struck the teen in the chest. His mother managed to convince the suspects to allow her to drive her son to a hospital. Meanwhile, the gang of intruders stole cellphones and laptops.
They fled on foot to vehicles hidden at a nearby farm.
Reports say the victim died at a hospital moments after his dad arrived for a final farewell.
Teen Killed Protecting Mom During Gauteng Farm Robbery, by David Hendricks, joburgetc.com, October 11, 2023
The incident occurred on October 18, 2023, according to thegatewaypundit.com.
South Africa: Young Hero Farmer Shoots 2 Attackers Dead; 14-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead Protecting his Mom in Second Incident, by Richard Abelson, thegatewaypundit.com, October 22, 2023
Stark was stabbed and left for dead, but he managed to run to a neighbor’s house.
Ironically, Stark was attacked while attempting to help another neighbor who was being attacked.
It is alleged that Lesley Stark rushed to the aid of his neighbour who was being robbed during a house invasion in the Umkomaas area.https://t.co/ePt4SmxQPS— IOL News (@IOL) October 24, 2023
Reports say Stark, who lives alone, rushed to help a nearby female farmer where intruders allegedly hit her on the head with the butt of a firearm. They stole cash, a computer, and cellphones.
Stark was encountered in the woman’s front yard where he was assaulted and stabbed. He then rushed to another neighbor for help, but died enroute to a hospital.
A KwaZulu-Natal farmer has been killed in a robbery on the province’s South Coast, by Se-Anne Rall, iol.co.za, October 24, 2023
Dead is 81-year-old Izak Johannes Berrange whose body was found lying on a chair and covered with blood.
Maria Elizabeth Berrange was taken to hospital, where “she is fighting for her life,” the report said.
The couple were found by their grandson Johannes du Plessis.
This incident was at a non-farm residence.
Elderly couple brutally attacked in their home, husband, aged 81, murdered and their Nissan Sentra stolen, by Jonisayi Maromo, ol.co.za, October 13, 2023