Farmers wife dies following attack - body guarded by her pets
Three Jack Russell dogs belonging to Chrissie Harmzen, 70, climbed on top of her and guarded her after she was so severely assaulted on a farm outside Burgersfort in Limpopo on Friday morning that she died later that day of her injuries.
Johan Harmzen, 72, told how the dogs wouldn’t let anyone near his injured wife. “They were very attached to her.” he said. The couple has five Jack Russells.
Mrs. Harmzen was attacked and assaulted barely five steps from the back door of the house she and her husband rent on the farm, Dresden.They have been living on the farm for the past ten years.
“She was beaten so hard that her lungs burst,” said her husband. She was also repeatedly beaten in the face and hit over the head with an unknown object. Harmzen died of her injuries in the Midmed hospital in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
The couple had been married for 50 years and three months.“We were a part of each other,” said Mr. Harmzen.
Only Mrs. Harmzen’s cellphone, the back door keys and the security company’s panic button were stolen. Nothing was taken from the house.
“It wasn’t a robbery or theft. It was just plain murder. It was a sadist who came here to murder,” Harmzen said.
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Man killed on Smallholding - domestic worker assaulted and raped
A 46-year-old man died after five men gained access to his smallholding outside Tzaneen and assaulted him, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.
Police said five unidentified men wearing balaclavas waited for the man at his gate on Tuesday evening and then assaulted him with pangas and iron rods.
The man died on the scene.
A domestic worker on the property was assaulted when she came to investigate.
She was dragged into the house where two of the men raped her.
The men took cellphones and household appliances, including a television and DVD player. They may have also taken two guns from the safe. Source
Pensioner Survives Farm Attack
An elderly man was assaulted on his smallholding in St Albans, Port Elizabeth police said on Sunday.
According to police, four men attacked Jack Bergman, 86, in his bed after climbing into his house through a window in the early hours of Saturday "The victim had several face injuries and stab wounds to the chest and on the arrival of the security company he was semi-conscious".
A security company found the pensioner, who lived alone, after the house alarm went off. He was taken to Livingstone hospital.
No arrests have been made.
Post Script - A tale of two Couples
Readers in the UK will be aware of the fact that the headlines here last week were full of reports about the "British" couple, Gul and Begum Wazir, who were murdered in Pakistan in what was variously described as an honour killing or a dispute over a marriage. However, to my knowlege there was significantly less mention of the British couple Christopher and Jennifer Early, who were murdered in South Africa , following what was described as a "robbery", I wonder what it could have been that made the one "British" couple so much more news worthy than the other.
thanks to Dina, Jenny and Toppie for alerting me to these news items, most of which never make it into the international news.