Free State famer attacked and doused with petrol


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Farmers drive their tractors in protest against farm attacks past the Mookgophong Magistrate's Court during the appearance of alleged farm attack suspects in Mookgophong, Limpopo, on August 18, 2020. - Hundreds of Farmers from South Africa's Limpopo Province gathered around the town of Mookgophong to protesting against farm attacks. Three accused appeared in the Mookgophong Magistrate Court on charges of murder for a farm attack that happened in March 2020. Farmers blockaded streets of the Town with farming equipment, including tractors and plough machines. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

A Free State farmer says he needed to jump into his pool after being attacked and thrown with petrol.

Andries Smith Myburgh explained that he was having lunch at his farmhouse in Vandermerwesdam when he smelled smoke outside his home. When he went to investigate, he was attacked by two suspects.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele says Myburgh was attacked with a knife and was then thrown with petrol. He managed to pull out his firearm and fired several shots, after which he realised he was on fire and jumped into his swimming pool. The duo escaped unharmed. This comes as the Free State farming community remains tense following the murder of 21-year-old Brendin Horner.

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