Police confirm third farm attack in the Cape Winelands this week

Police confirm third farm attack in the Cape Winelands this week

The South African Police Service has confirmed the third farm attack in the Cape Winelands yesterday. This follows the murder of Stefan Smit, owner of the well-known Louisenhof Wine Estate over the weekend.

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The police have confirmed yet another farm attack in the Cape Winelands area yesterday.

The Western Cape government claims that the area is fast becoming a hot spot for farm attacks.

Briefly.co.za reported that Stefan Smit, owner of the Louiesenhof Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, had been murdered amid a land grab dispute.

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On the same evening, an elderly couple's home was broken into on a nearby farm. According to the police's Andre Traut, the attack happened on a farm in Devon Valley:

“Three armed suspects gained entry to the house and threatened the two occupants, both aged 70. They fled with personal belongings and are yet to be arrested.”

Eyewitness News reports that a seperate incident on Tuesday saw a woman attacked in her home on a Klapmuts farm.

Meanwhile, calls are mounting for President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the situation and secure the safety of the community.

With the wine industry contributing R40 billion to the economy and employing nearly 300 000 citizens, the president may not have the luxury of ignoring the situation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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