North West farm attack: Koster couple brutally beaten
Chris and Hesta Barnard, who own farmland in the small town of Koster, were targeted by three thugs who gained access to the property. The details of this latest farm attack are particular barbaric:
- The assailants used a wheel spanner to attack both victims.
- A whip, a hot iron and metal rods were also used in the beatings.
- The acts of torture, according to local authorities, ‘lasted for hours’.
- It’s understood that Hesta ‘had her hair cut off with a knife’ during the brutal ordeal.
- The couple still remain in hospital, where they are both receiving treatment for their extensive injuries.
Chris and Hesta Barnard attacked last night on their farm at Koster, both were tortured for hours with rods, whips and hot irons. They are both in hospital. Lots of household goods stolen from them and still no arrests 🤬🤬🤬🤬
— lydia van der merwe (@DerLydia) September 9, 2021
Rural crime sparks food production fears
The horrendous incident has just about boiled the blood of the DA’s North West Provincial Leader, Leon Basson. He slammed the ‘hate-fuelled criminals’ who targeted the innocent pair, and expressed his fears about the impact these farm attacks will eventually have on the national food supply.
On Friday, Basson demanded that Police Minister Bheki Cele ‘should act with more urgency’ to fight rural crime:
“This kind of torture speaks of not only brutal criminality but also hatred towards people who live in rural areas. They dedicate their sweat, blood, and tears, under harsh conditions to put food on the tables of all South Africans. With each farm attack, there are fewer farmers willing to invest in working the land or producing food.”
“SAPS must make all resources available to ensure the arrest and successful prosecution of these hate-fuelled criminals. Unfortunately, Police Minister Bheki Cele and the entire national government continue to sit idly by while residents in rural communities are subjected to the most despicable brutality.”