With barely few weeks to keenly contested national and provincial elections in the country, farm attacks seem to be on the increase.
The Easter Weekend in South Africa has seen 13 farm attacks and 3 farm murders. One female victim in her 70’s was raped during a brutal attack in Redelinghuys. A 4 year old boy has been left fatherless and another two families are now without their loved ones. At least two suspects in one incident were both wearing police uniforms of some sort.
Prayers continue to go out for the Coetzee family who were brutally attacked on their smallholding on Thursday night 18 April 2019, in Potchefstroom, in the North West Province. Savages attacked the family seriously injuring the Dad, Mario and his young son Marlu. Young Marlu was flown by helicopter to a Johannesburg hospital for reconstruction by a plastic surgeon for a terrible facial wound after the attack. The little boys face was crushed and he has bleeding behind one eye and on the brain.
His Dad Mario is in a critical condition in a coma and it is reported that his ear was also cut off during the attack.
The grandmother received stitches to her head and has been released from hospital. The grandfather and daughter (6) who are severely traumatised were not badly injured.
The attackers gained entry through a kitchen window and brutally attacked the family.