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 crushed.
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 community.
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.”