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Farm attack: 'Don’t kill me, you can take anything you want'

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

“Before they killed him, I could hear him screaming so hard, asking them not to kill him. But they did”

Peet van Es (55) begged his attackers to spare his life before he was brutally murdered during a farm attack in his home.

His wife, Ms Arine Prins, recounted the night of horror to Lowvelder. “Don’t kill me, you can take anything you want” she recalls hearing.

He was nonetheless stabbed to death, while Prins and a friend, Mr Michael Watt, were assaulted by five armed men. She said the attackers wore balaclavas. They entered the house at Moseley Farm on the R40 outside Barberton shortly after 20:00.

Van Es and Prins were originally from the Netherlands, but moved to South Africa many years ago. Prins was badly bruised. She told the newspaper that three armed men entered the house and two followed them later.

“My husband was sleeping upstairs and we were downstairs when they arrived. They told us to be quiet and immediately took my phone. They tied our hands and legs using speaker wires.

“They assaulted me, demanding to know where we kept the safe. They covered my head with a plastic bag and used a pillow trying to suffocate me. They put me on the water bed and tried to rape me, but couldn’t.”

During her ordeal, some of the men went upstairs and stabbed her husband in the back. She wasn’t sure how many.

Peet van Es 55 and his wife Ms.Arine Prins

“Before they killed him, I could hear him screaming so hard, asking them not to kill him. But they did,” she said. “He told them to take anything they wanted, but that didn’t stop them.

“They took the jewelry I was wearing and other things in the house before leaving. After they left, I screamed for help. Fortunately the neighbors heard me,” said Prins.

The suspects left after 00:00. Hi-Tech Barberton arrived at the scene first. Mr Sakkie Dednam of Hi-Tech said they received the call-out at 00:36 and responded immediately. Officers arrived at 00:50. “Upon their arrival, the deceased was already dead,” he said.

According to police spokesman, Brig Leonard Hlathi, they are investigating the murder and house robbery. Nobody has been arrested. He confirmed that Van Es was stabbed with an unknown object when a struggle ensued between him and the suspects.

They stole various electrical appliances, including televisions and the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was later discovered abandoned in Brander Street, Mbombela by Hi-Tech Nelspruit, said according to business employees in the area it was likely abandoned there since the weekend.

“A community member who read the article spotted it and informed us. Some of the people said they first saw it on Monday morning,” Police were were also called to the scene.

Provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Mondli Zuma, condemned the attack. “To anyone that is involved in this kind of evil, you can run but you cannot hide. It is only a matter of time before we catch you, then send you to where people like you belong,” said Zuma.


Yes, you're right, this is not current news. This is the kind of news Liberals avoid to read, because it doesn't fit their agenda. They and the mainstream media reflect the negligence and unwillingness to report about, or acknowledge it, because it's easier to say: “What you don't know or read, isn't there.“

History is twisted and claims come up that 'Whte Genocide' does not exist, even claiming that re-issuing these cold cases is meant to spread hatred in South Africa. Crimes against South African farmers and white people reported here on our blog were committed during the last decade. Reports were adopted from archives of local South African newspapers. This reported crime was committed in April 2017, Barberton, South Africa

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