Durban - A 76-year-old farmer, his 65-year-old wife and their 33-year-old son have burnt to death in an attack on their farm, police said on Monday.

They were attacked on their farm near Richmond shortly after midday on Sunday, said Captain Thulani Zwane.

He said the house was ransacked, and firearms, household items and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

The police were investigating three cases of murder, and no arrests had been made.

Zwane initially said the three were beaten to death, but later said: “They were all burnt to death.” - Sapa