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29 June 2018

Rustenburg – Kallie Schoonraad (47) was not a farmer, yet he and his wife worked hard to eventually realise their dream of living close to nature, away from the hustle and bustle.


Shortly after 19h00 on Saturday evening 23 June, Kallie became the latest victim of a spate of attacks on farm and smallholding dwellers. Kallie, his wife Malindie, their two kids and Malindie’s father watched the South Africa vs England rugby test match, not knowing that within minutes, the course of their lives would be changed forever.


After the rugby, Kallie’s father-in-law went outside. Shortly after, intruders burst into the house, executing the unarmed Kallie on the spot. The rest of the family was tied up while the group ransacked the house. They left with the family’s Toyota Fortuner, stacked with the loot.


According to friends, Kallie would have given away anything to protect his loved ones and would not have put up a fight. Yet, similar to other recent farm murders, Kallie was killed without reason. During the early hours of 26 June, Gabriel (78) and Marian (67) Bruwer of Vanstadensrus, Free State, were shot execution-style while they were bound to chairs.


Maria, a farmworker of one of Kallie’s neighbours cried inconsolably: “Many times, he shared fruits he bought with my kids and me.” 


According to AfriForum: “There have been – in comparison with the first six months of 2017 – a 34% increase in farm attacks.” They said that there’s been 210 farm attacks and 33 farm murders since January this year. Several smallholdings and farm attacks are reportedly docketed as house-breaking and theft cases, and not as farm attacks by the police.


North West provincial commissioner lieutenant-general Baile Motswenyane condemned the incidents and requested members of the community to come forward with any information that may lead to the apprehension of the suspects.


Our sincerest condolences and prayers are with Kallie’s family and friends. He was described as ‘the best of us’.

 

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