Kimberley - A 71-year-old farmer on Tuesday vowed revenge on three men who attacked, assaulted and attempted to kill him and his wife during an attack on their farm near Boshof.
The three men also threatened to rape his 64-year-old wife.
Piet van Wyk, a fourth-generation farmer on the farm Rooibloem near Boshof, on Tuesday recalled their two-hour ordeal while being interviewed in the farmhouse where blood smears on walls, doors and floors were evidence of the brutal attack.
Van Wyk sustained serious injuries, including 28 stitches to his head after being hit with a spade during the armed attack on Sunday afternoon.
His wife, Jacoba, suffered a broken rib and various bruises all over her body, but she said the emotional trauma far outweighed the physical injuries.
Van Wyk said they were returning home from the veld on Sunday afternoon at about 3pm when they were approached by three armed men as they entered the front gate.
“My wife screamed and they started firing at us with two rifles and a pistol. How their bullets missed us is still a mystery, but I think our saving grace was the fact that they were amateurs,” Van Wyk said.
When the three men forced them into the house, Van Wyk managed to close the door and lock them out. However, the men forced open the door.
The couple then ran towards the kitchen and again locked the door. The attackers forced open the door and took the couple to the living room after hitting Van Wyk over the head with a shovel.
Several bullet holes were visible around the front door of the house.
According to Van Wyk, it appears as if the men ran out of ammunition while one of them struggled to reload his firearm.
“I believe they came here with the intention of shooting us, but they were just too incompetent to do so,” Van Wyk said.
The attackers then assaulted them and tied them up, demanding to know where they kept their money.
“I told them that I had some money in my jacket, but they were not interested. I also realised that they must have opened the safe before we arrived at the house.
“I heard them say ‘kom ons maak hulle vrek’ (let’s kill them). They gagged my wife and dragged her to the bathroom where they threw her into the bath filled with water. They told me that they were going to rape her,” Van Wyk said.
Jacoba said that while she was in the bath, they tried to drown her by putting a bucket over her head.
“They asked me how I would like to be raped. I told them that ‘you look like the kind of people who would rape your own mothers’ and that seemed to put them off.
“At that time I was more scared that they would pour boiling water over me.”
The three attackers then dragged Van Wyk to another room where they again assaulted him.
“At that moment I made peace with the fact that I was going to die,” Van Wyk said.
After bringing his wife to the same room, they left them there and searched the house for valuables.
Van Wyk managed to free himself and confronted the three men with a sharp stick.
Their attempts to disarm him failed and they fled with his vehicle, R5 000 in cash and several cellphones.
After their ordeal, the couple managed to walk to a gravel road where they were assisted by two men who saw them standing next to the road.
Van Wyk was on Tuesday still waiting for the police to collect fingerprints of the crime scene.
On Tuesday, Free State police spokesman, Warrant Officer Cobus Coetzee, confirmed that they were looking for three men in connection with the attack that took place on Sunday afternoon.
The three men are wanted for attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, housebreaking and theft.
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