Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Attackers attempt to burn farm family alive

Attackers set a wooden house on fire on a farm near Carolina at the weekend, while a woman and her children were still inside. The armed attackers had tied the door with a piece of wire, trapping the victims inside.

The woman's parents were shot at when they rushed to their aid after being called from the main farm house 50 m away.

"They were bent on killing us. This had nothing to do with theft," said Cornelia de Wet, 32, from the farm Kwaggafontein, near Carolina, on the route between Johannesburg and Swaziland in South Africa's Mpunalanga province.

Mrs. de Wet awoke to the smell of smoke at about 22:00 on Saturday night. She saw the wall and the curtain in her room were in flames.

The attackers had poured diesel on the house before setting it on fire.

Mre. De Wet struggled to waken her two children Cornelia, 11, and Joey, 2 who had apparently been rendered unconscious by the smoke before finding the doors had been wired shut.

Initially attempts to contact local police were unsuccessful as they did not answer the phone.

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Hat Tip: Jennifer and ABC

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