Female farmer sexually assaulted and strangled to death, South Africa
Female farmer is sexually assaulted and strangled to death while another rural worker is tortured and murdered in latest horrific attacks on South Africa’s white farmers
- Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed on her farm in Delmas, Mpumalanga
- Two armed black men ripped off her underwear before strangling her to death
- 180 miles away, farm manager Brendin Horner, 21, was tortured by two men
- Horner was strangled after being stabbed three times and left tied to a post
A female farmer has been sexually assaulted and strangled to death while another rural worker has been tortured and murdered in the latest attacks on South Africa’s white farmers.
Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Kershaw’s underwear was ripped off and stuffed into her mouth and she was strangled to death inside her garage.
In a separate incident, 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner was brutally tortured on Friday and discovered the next day covered in blood and tied to a post in Paul Roux, Free State province.
Divorcee Chantel Kershaw, 44, (left and right) was ambushed by two armed black men while working her land in Delmas east of Johannesburg on Wednesday
In a separate incident, 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner (pictured) was brutally tortured on Friday and discovered the next day covered in blood and tied to a post in Paul Roux, Free State province
The two horrific attacks were 180 miles apart on remote farmland
The two horrific attacks were 180 miles apart and carried out by ruthless killers where the nation’s white farmers live in constant fear of rape and murder on their remote homesteads.
Kershaw was attacked while helping to a load a lawnmower onto a truck.
The men stripped her and then held her down on the floor of the garage at her farm as they strangled her.
Her distraught mother Greta Spiers, 65, was bludgeoned over the head with a pistol and she, along with a maid, was restrained as the farm was looted.
The two men fled in the family’s white Chevrolet station wagon but were chased down by neighbourhood watch farmers who forced the stolen vehicle off the road in a high speed chase.
The neighbourhood watch were alerted by Kershaw’s mother and captured the suspects who were handed over to police.
A farm hand who was stripped and tied up by the raiders was later arrested after the cell phone numbers of the two suspects were found in his phone.
The three men appeared before Delmas Magistrates Court charged with armed robbery, theft and murder and were refused bail and have been remanded in custody.
Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hiathi said: ‘Chantel asked an employee to help her load a lawnmower into a truck when she suddenly saw two armed men inside her yard.
‘They told the employee to take his clothes off and tied him up and then attacked the woman who was screaming for help and strangled her and then went into the house.
‘The victim’s mother was assaulted with a firearm and the house was robbed.
‘A high speed chase ensued between the suspects and the neighbourhood watch group which resulted in the suspects overturning their vehicles and crawling out to escape.
‘But they were caught and handed over to the police who opened a case or robbery and murder and a firearm was recovered and ammunition and a bloodstained jacket’.
In the separate incident, Horner was brutally tortured before being stabbed three times and then strangled after being strung up from a pole.
The horrific attack happened at the De Rots Farm in Paul Roux in Free State province 180 miles away from the earlier murder and he was said to have gone through an horrific ordeal.
Police spokesman Brigadier Montansi Makheli said Brendin failed to arrive home after finishing work and his girlfriend Lenize Taljaard raised the alarm.
His body was found by his father Robbie and a colleague Jaco Kleingeld at 6am on Saturday.
His blood soaked body had been slashed multiple times and a knife was found near to the pole he was strung up against.
Two men have been arrested and charged with murder and are due in court tomorrow.
Gilly Scheepers who owns the farm where Horner was murdered told TimesLive: ‘He was so excited that day, that he was working a year for us, and on that special day he died. His family is taking his death extremely hard.’
Agricultural strategist Dr Jaco De Villiers has described the latest murder as part of a ‘war against food production’ in the country and said that his murder was ‘slaughter’.
He told the paper: ‘How do you murder someone and hang him on a pole for everyone to see? This was a clear message to all farmers. Farm killings have to stop right now’.
Brendin Horner’s girlfriend Lenize Taljaard raised the alarm on Friday night after Horner failed to return home
Horner in a recent social media photo
Dr Jane Buys, safety and risk analyst of Free State Agriculture, told TimesLIVE:’The senseless killings cannot be allowed with the brutality in which they are executed.
‘It is not clear what the motive for this murder is. There cannot be any justification for killing a person who provides food security. Something has to be done to stop it’.
Pressure group Agri SA said that on average a farm where a farmer is violently attacked will be abandoned for up to five years until someone takes it on and restarts production.
They said that means dozens of workers and dependants losing their livelihoods.
AfriForum spokesman Marius Muller who speaks for the civil rights group protecting minority groups in South Africa said that the farmers need better police protection.
He said: ‘This is yet another dark day in the history of South Africa for farmers and those with small holdings and the murder of these two farmers was totally unnecessary.
‘These were both premeditated and horrific attacks on innocent farmers who look after and care for their workers and whose jobs may now be put in jeopardy by these murders’.
Each day in South Africa an average of 60 people are murdered but although the number of farmers killed averages 75 a year their deaths are horrific and brutal.
Their killers often use hot irons, power tools and boiling water to torture their victims and rape the female members in the house before finally murdering their victims.
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