March 18, 2020
You can’t even have a cappuccino in the Rainbow Nation these days without getting savaged by the local wildlife.
The murder of a cattle farmer has sent shock waves through the local farming community of Helpmekaar near Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal.
The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) CEO Sandy La Marque said they are concerned that there are three “farm” attacks and one “farm” murder confirmed to date in 2020.
The farmer was killed on Monday.
Collin Britz, 65, who farmed on Craigmillar in the Elandskraal area was found in his home with a gunshot wound to his head at 4pm, said police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala. She said he was attacked by unknown suspects. Two of his firearms were also stolen.
Britz was a bachelor and lived alone on the farm.
The chairperson of the Umzinyathi farmers union Herman de Wet said Britz came back from the town at 2pm. He was informed by his staff that cattle were short.
De Wet said he then took two of his workers and dropped them off near the grazing area to look for the cattle. Britz then returned home.
Two other workers were working at the fence 300 meters from the house.
The domestic worker was also on the farm.
“It’s unclear if the criminals were waiting for him. Britz appeared to have been having a cup of coffee when they pounced on him. There appears to have been a struggle. He put up a fight. His hands were bruised. The workers heard the shots and went to investigate. How ever they did not find anything suspicious,”he said.