Couple attacked on farm

An elderly couple survived an attack on their North West farm, but one of their assailants died when he crashed their bakkie, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Two men throttled, kicked and beat Charlotte Strumpher after breaking into the farmhouse, between Zeerust and Lichtenburg, on Saturday night.

Strumpher's husband, Johan, had gone to a neighbouring farm to watch a televised rugby match, the newspaper reported.

While Strumpher was being assaulted, one of her attackers told her to stop praying to God for help, as he did not want to hear any of “those words”.

Strumpher's husband returned to the farm, where he was attacked and beaten with a metal pipe, police spokesman Brigadier Thulane Ngubane said.

Johan Strumpher managed to get hold of his revolver and fired shots at the assailants. The two fled in the Strumpher's bakkie, but one of them, Ontiretse Marumo, 42, was killed when it overturned.

The second man, aged 18, fled the scene of the accident. His parents later handed him to the police.

The Strumphers, both in their sixties, were treated in a Klerksdorp clinic and discharged. – Sapa