South Africa 7.12.2015 04:20 pm

Farmer and wife killed in Modimolle

White crosses on a hill south of Polokwane on June 16, 2013 in Polokwane, South Africa. Each cross represents a person who was murdered during a farm attack. Picture: Gallo Images

White crosses on a hill south of Polokwane on June 16, 2013 in Polokwane, South Africa. Each cross represents a person who was murdered during a farm attack. Picture: Gallo Images

The farmer had several wounds to the head and was discovered by neighbours, police said.

The body of a murdered farmer’s wife was recovered in their burnt farmhouse in Modimolle on Monday.

“Her body was found under part of the collapsed roof,” Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said.

A search party for the missing woman was launched on Sunday after her husband’s body was found outside the farm house at approximately 7pm, Review Online reported.

“The deceased had several wounds to the head and was discovered by neighbours who came to assist when they saw a fire on the property,” Otto said.

Otto added postmortems would be conducted on both bodies to determine the cause of death.

No arrests have been made yet and investigations continue, concluded Otto.

This comes after an elderly farmer and his wife were attacked on their farm outside Odendaalsrus, in the Free State, last month.

Free State police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng said Jan Barnard was shot dead when he entered an engine room outside the farmhouse to inspect a generator after a power failure.

His wife Carmelia was also attacked and shot in the hip and leg when she went outside to investigate.

Four men who wore balaclavas at the time are wanted in connection with the incident.

– Caxton News Service

 

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