FARM ATTACKS

Cornelia de Wet survives fifth attack on Carolina farm

Valiant Boer woman Cornelia de Wet was attacked five times: shot several times, targetted in a gun-fight; her house torched with the family locked inside – yet police refuses to investigate…
May 20 2010 – Carolina, Mpumalanga. Boer woman Cornelia de Wet was shot in the leg from a long distance away while working on her farm Kwaggasfontein outside Carolina – only a month after her wooden homestead was torched with her and children Cornelia, 11,  two-year-old Joey asleep inside on April 17, reports Buks Viljoen of Beeld newspaper. This is the fifth time that the De Wet family has been targetted on their farm.

Mpumalanga land is in hot demand: the government has been handing out thousands of coal-mining licenses in the province to inexperienced “private mining operators’ who proceed to destroy valuable farm land in short order and are ruthless about acquiring ever-more land.

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Police refuse to investigate: ‘she doesn’t know the names of the persons who injured her…’

Mpuma province and wildlife reserves Mrs de Wet, 32, was working in one of the camps at about 12:30 on May 19 2010 on the farm when she heard a shot go off. She felt a burning pain in her leg and saw that her right calf was bleeding.  Her brother, Jan de Wet jnr, said they suspect she was wounded by a bullet which was shot from far away. Cornelia was released from the provincial hospital in Carolina after being treated.

According to her brother, this is the fifth time since the fire on April 17 that criminals have targeted the farm. She and her daughters, Cornelia, 11, and 2-year-old Joey, were sleeping in the wooden house on the night she was woken by the smell of smoke. She then discovered that she was unable open the door because “someone had secured the latch from the outside with a piece of wire”.

When she put her arm through a window to try to open the door from the outside, shots were fired at her to stop her and her family from fleeing. She then used a CB radio to call her parents, Jan snr and Nelie de Wet, who live in the farmstead about 50m from her house — but when they rushed to her aid, the attackers opened fire on them as well.

A gunfight lasting nearly two hours then broke out while the house kept burning – and then  more helpers arrived at the farm and chased the black attackers off. Jan jnr said since the fire there have also been several break-ins at the storerooms on the farm, and the vehicles on the farm were also recently vandalised. “Someone wants to force us off our family farm, but we don’t know who. Our farm is the only one in the whole area which isn’t the subject of a land claim.”

According to him, the police are refusing to investigate – and indeed this was confirmed by the police and for the most inane of reasons: SAPS spokesman Isaac Aphane confirmed that they were “aware of the incidents” – however, he added: “We did go to the farm, but we didn’t register a complaint since she doesn’t know the name of the person who injured her

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