A winegrower has been shot and killed in Stellenbosch adding to growing concern over a “sudden wave” of attacks on farmers throughout the the Western Cape.
Farmer Joubert Conradie, 47, of Uitkyk Farm in Klapmuts, died after he was shot by intruders in the early hours of the morning, and died shortly afterwards during emergency surgery, police have confirmed.
“The victim reacted to a noise in his residence [just before 01:00] when he was attacked and shot by unknown suspects, who fled empty handed,” police said in a statement, as reported by South Africa’s News 24.
Earlier this week dozens of farmers gathered on a roadside to pay their respects to Conradie and protest against the ongoing violence, with the following picture posted by Agri Wes-Kaap, an organisation that supports the agricultural sector in the Western Cape of South Africa.
It tweeted: “Farmers on R44 Klapmuts paying respect to Joubert Conradie, farmer, father, husband, friend & latest victim of senseless #farmmurder in SA”
There have been three reported farm attacks over the past few weeks in the Western Cape, which resulted in two deaths. Joubert Conradie and 46-year-old Mark Fagan from Klein Dassenberg near Philadelphia, were shot dead just over a week apart.
A third farmer, from Ceres, was allegedly attacked and stabbed with a knife several times in his roadside stall but survived the attack.