Farm attack activist Annette
Kennealy, 51, was found dead, an apparent victim of homicide in her farmhouse
in Makhado, Limpopo. Kennealy’s relative found her bloodied corpse the
“The family members tried to
call her without success, until one of them went to investigate. On arrival, he
found the deceased inside the house lying in a pool of blood, with multiple
stab wounds”, Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.
The suspect, 40- year old Kenny
Ramatshimbila has been detained. According to Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe of the
Limpopo South African Police Service, “he faces charges of murder and house
Ramatshimbila was denied bail and
remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 1 July.
Kennealy was a staunch supporter of
the white Afrikaner community and former councilor with South Africa’s
opposition Democratic Alliance party.
She used social media to
increase awareness on farm murders and some politicians’ calls for violence
against the white farmers in South Africa. Just days before her murder, she
shared a link to an article about the rise of farm attacks.
Dr. Dan Roodt of the Pro-Afrikaans
Action Group (PRAAG) who knew her personally couldn’t believe that she had been
murdered because Kennealy owned guns for protection.
“My friend and activist for rural
safety, Annette Kennealy, has herself become the victim of a terrible farm
murder… She was very brave, and always carried a firearm with her, a 9mm Astra
pistol. Evidently, her preparedness was not enough to finally save her,” he
A DA spokesman in Limpopo paid
tribute to her and called for justice.
“The DA would further like to express
sincere gratitude to the South African Police Service and community
institutions for their swift and professional reaction. We hope that those
responsible will soon have their days in court and that justice will be
served,” he said.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday 29 May at
the Full Gospel Church in Louis Trichardt where a large crowd of family,
friends and sympathizers is expected.