A Free State Farmer escaped a painful death when two men attacked him and poured petrol on him. The farmer managed to jump into his pool before any serious injuries could be sustained.
Andries Smith Myburgh was having lunch at his farmhouse when he smelled smoke. He immediately went to investigate and was attacked by two men. One of the attackers tried to stab him with a knife while the over poured petrol on him. He managed to reach his firearm and fired shots at the suspects. It is suspected that the shots fired ignited the petrol.
Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said: “He went to investigate and was hit with an object on the head but managed to push the suspect away. He was allegedly attacked with a knife by a second suspect and in the process he had petrol poured on him. The victim managed to pull out his firearm and the suspects fled.
’’He fired a number of shots in their direction and while firing, realised that he was on fire. He jumped into the swimming pool,” Brigadier Makhele explained. Myburgh alerted the police and neighbours. “One suspect was identified as being about 2m tall, wearing green overall trousers and a light blue shirt. The other one had a blue overall suit. Both suspects are unknown to the complainant. The complainant was attended by medical personnel but had no serious injuries,” said Makhele.
With emotions already at fever pitch in the in the Free State following the murder of Brendin Horner, this attack is bound to add fuel to the fire. Ernst Roets of Afriforum said: “People are angry and fed up with a lack of action by South African government. We’ve had President Cyril Ramaphosa going into an international forum in 2018 and when asked about farm murders, he denied that it exists. And more recently, two weeks ago, we had Minister of Police Bheki Cele saying that farm murders are something that should not be a priority for the police.”