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South African farmer women savagely tortured and murdered by their gardener

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

The gruesome cruelties suffered by the murdered Miss Helen Lotter, 57, and her mother Alice, 78, became very clear when coroner Dr. Horst Bumba’s report to the Welkom High Court showed that Helen Lotter’s cervix and uterus were ‘missing’ and that her death was caused by ‘sharp trauma and injuries to her lower body’ incurred during the attack against the two Afrikaner women in their Allanridge, Free State farm house.

Cervix, uterus missing from Ms Helen Lotter’s mutilated body

Dr Horst Bumba’s report also described that all her front teeth were bashed out and that her entire body was ‘covered in bruises, chafing and stabbing wounds.

Her sexual parts were mutilated extensively also internally. Dr Bomba was unable to find the unmarried Afrikaans woman’s uterus or cervix (womb).

He described these extreme injuries as 'having been caused by very clear penetration with a sharp object’. Due to the extreme injuries, Dr Bumba was unable to determine whether she had been raped.

Another report by medical examiner Dr Wilhelm van Heusden of the mother Alice, concluded that the old farm woman had died due to ‘asphyxiation after breathing in blood from penetrating stabbing wounds in her neck and throat’.

Gardener ‘s claim that he was forced to sign a confession rejected by the Bench

A ‘trial-within-a-trial’ was also held by Judge Hancke, assisted by two assessors, to determine the admissability of a conflicting signed and sworn confession by one of the two accused blackmen who were on trial for murdering the women; their gardener, Joseph Hlongwane (22) and Joseph Khumalo (21).

Judge Hancke examined all the statements submitted to the court by Hlongwane, including his claims that he had been ‘threatened, forced and dictated’ by the police to submit this confession.

However the Bench ruled that Hlongwane had submitted the signed confession ‘from his own free will’ and that he himself had moreover, provided detailed descriptions of the way in which the attack on the Lotter women had been carried out, including what he’d taken away from their homestead.

The Bench ruled the gardener’s confession legally-admissable after examining all the statements by Wesselsbron magistrate Smith, SAPS captain Francois Laux; warrant-officer James Mahlatsi, the investigating officer, and Captain André Niemann.

“I stabbed her twice in the neck because she owed me money…"

Hlongwane claimed in his confession, ruled admissable by the Bench, that he had ‘stabbed Mrs Alice Lotter twice in the neck with a pair of scissors, “because she owed me money”, after she had refused to pay him.

Before the murders he’d gotten himself drunk at a local pub with his comrade Joseph Khumalo, they had returned to the farm and he had gone inside the farm house to argue with Mrs Lotter.

He had submitted this statement to magistrate Smith in Wesselsbron three days after the double-murder.

However this also contradicts the old woman’s dying statement to Captain Koos Venter, the police officer who had found the mortally-wounded mother and daughter.

Mrs Lotter told Captain Venter and an attending paramedic that she had recognized their gardener when he was climbing through the window. (The forensic evidence before the court earlier was that the window had broken into from the outside).

“Captain where are you?"

Captain Koos Venter testified that he had received a call from Mrs Alice Lotter...

She‘d asked him: “Captain where are you?” in Afrikaans – and then the line went dead. He was unable to call her back, so he jumped into his car and chased from his home in Odendaalsrus to the Allanridge farm.

At the backdoor of the homestead he found a ‘very badly injured Miss Helen Lotter.’ Her face was coated in blood, some of her teeth had been smashed out, she wore a bloodied T-shirt and her naked underbody was covered in blood.

A bloodied knife and scissors were found at the scene as well as bloodied beer bottle shards lying near the daughter’s legs.

He found the mother Ieaning against a dining-room chair, just about to fall over. He helped her lie down on the carpet of the living room.

She asked him: “Who are you?” while he examined the ‘gaping wounds at her throat, arms and hands,’ he told the court.

Both women were ‘extensively mutilated

The Afrikaner policeman, who has 31 years of experience, testified that the scene of the women’s torture-murders was among ‘the cruellest crimes he had ever witnessed in his career.’

“Miss Helen Lotter's breasts were partially cut off. I found two large pieces of her body-fat the size of my hand lying next to her on the kitchen floor, where she was found covered in blood. Broken bottle-shards were inserted in her vagina and anus as part of the extensive torture she and her mother Alice had endured.“

“Thank the Lord that you care for us and that we can hide with you…"

Just before she died, the mortally-wounded Alice had told investigating SAPS captain Koos Venter according to his testimony, that the women were tortured by their gardener, Joseph (Hlongwane, 22) – and had pointed the policeman to the worker’s personal details which she kept inside her passport on the kitchen table.

Hlongwane was also directly linked to the murders of the two frail women by fingerprints lifted from the crime-scene by forensic experts, the court heard.

The mother’s last words to the Afrikaner policeman were “Thank the Lord that you care for us and that we can hide with you…’’

Alice Lotter died shortly after her arrival at hospital, her daughter Helen died several days later.

Information submitted by police members to the news media shortly after the murder also was that the words ‘Kill the Boer’ had been daubed in the women’s blood on the farmhouse walls.


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 March 2009, Allanridge, South Africa.

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