On April 18, 2019, a white farmer and
his family were attacked on their farm in Potchefstroom by two Africans. Mario Coetzee, 47 his son Marlu, 9 as well as
Coetzee’s mother were badly hurt during the attack.
According to reports, the suspects
broke in to their house and started assaulting Mario and Marlu.
Marlu sustained facial wounds that
would require reconstructive plastic surgery because his nasal cavity was
His mother Delia revealed that the
reconstruction involved inserting several small metal plates and screws but the
boy is expected to make a full recovery.
Mario is now kept in induced coma due
to severe head injuries.
Coetzee’s parents, Paul and Nellie
were also in the house at the time of the incident:
“We awoke to hear the screams from
the children and Mario,” Paul said.
Nellie was also hit in the head by
one of the attackers before they fled through the window. She had to receive
stitches to her head.
Marlu’s younger sister
Marizé, 7 has been traumatized by the assault on her father and brother as she
witnessed the extreme violence.
“She keeps seeing how her dad and
brother were assaulted and she keeps asking if they will be safe and where they
will be sleeping”, according to Delia.
A police spokeswoman said no suspects
have been apprehended yet. The police have listed the attack as a robbery even
though nothing was taken from the home.
Last month the brutal murder of farm
manager 51-year old Duaene Truter in the Eastern Cape South stunned the
Although nothing was taken from the
house, the African Police Service (SAPS) reported that the murder charge will
be accompanied by attempted robbery charge.
There have also been several farm
crimes ranging from murder to robberies which occurred this weekend, in the
Free State, Western Cape, North West and Mpumalanga.
However, SAPS still insists that all
white farm murders are actually “robberies gone wrong.”