June 23 2011 – The three murder suspects of Ottosdal farmer Andre (Brood) van der Merwe yesterday staged a mass escape with 26 others from Hartbeesfontein prison. Purely by coincidence, a nearby farm was attacked shortly thereafter: but the family fought back hard and chased the attackers off: http://bit.ly/jRLmDs
Mr van der Merwe was tortured to death on 20 April 2011 at his Ottosdal farm Gestoptefontein. The three suspects were denied bail on May 23 2011. Mr Van der Merwe was first shot at his backdoor, but forensic experts believe he was still alive when he was tortured: chained with one foot to his bakkie and dragged 1,5 kilometres, leaving a long blood-trail. The three black men who have now escaped are: Thabo Mathlhoko, Diphapang Paul Kwa-Kwa, 29 and Shadrack Thapelo Smith, 31 of Letsopa township. Below are their pictures:
Shortly after the escape on the same day, the Hartbeesfontein farm of the family Korff was attacked. It’s a bit of a coincidence. This family was attacked before and knew to fight back hard: Mr Korff was injured on an arm but their fierce defence caused the attackers to flee.
What does a man look like after he’s been dragged behind a bakkie?
SAPS forensic photo from court records of the torture-methods used on Boer farmers in South Africa: thisman survived being stabbed repeatedly after he was dragged behind his farm-vehicle. This was the way that Ottosdal farmer André “Brood) van der Merwe was tortured on his farm Verstoptefontein on 30 April 2011 near Ottosdal. Accused are Thabo Matlhoko, Diphapang Paul Kwa-Kwa (29) and Shadrack Thapelo Smith (31) of Letsopa-township near Ottosdal. They are expected to plead not guilty to murder charges and other related crimes involving the gruesome death of the popular auctioneer/farmer André ‘Brood’ van der Merwe on his farm Gestoptefontein on 30 April 2011. The court heard that the bail-applicants were expected to plead not guilty. It was not made entirely clear why they would do this: warrant-officer Ntlhaile had listeners in the public gallery weep with grief when he read a statement by Matlhoko – describing in detail about Mr van der Merwe’s last living moments: “The accused went to Mr Van der Merwe’s home near sunset. The accused suspected that Van der Merwe had heard them fiddle with his back door: the farmer stepped outside. When Smith noticed that the deceased had a rifle with him, Smith shot him twice from behind in his neck. Mathlhoko took Van der Merwe’s rifle away from him and also fired a shot.’
It seems that this gang may have gone to ‘do their jobs’ right away as the nearby farm of the Korff family was attacked once again.
This was not the first tim this smallholding was attacked: but the family fought back hard and while Mr Korff was injured, the attackers fled.
Other farm attacks and police-brutality incidents at Hartbeesfontein
Farmer badly beaten up by cops in Hartbeesfontein 1 Dec 2010 Grobbelaar was released from hospital only yesterday — he was hospitalised after he was seriously injured by the arresting police at the Hartbeesfontein police cells after his arrest on Monday November 22.
Murder of Charl Smuts at Hartbeesfontein smallholding: we won’t be terrorised into leaving… 28 Oct 2009 HARTBEESFONTEIN/BRITS/MADIBENG — The murder of young 25-year-old Charl Smuts at a home on the property of Mr Andrew Hall in Hartbeesfontein has left family and friends deeply saddened.
Protest in Koster against murder of Marthie Erasmus, 63 and against Afrikaner genocide 16 Dec 2010 A group of armed black males attacked the Afrikaans farm couple on the farm Hartbeesfontein, in the Moedwil district of Koster, near Rustenburg North West on December 2, 2010.