Farm attacker dies after rolling farmer's bakkie

By Oscar Sanders - 06 August 2019Views : 1463

A purported farm attacker died on Monday when the bakkie he and another man had stolen and were trying to make their escape in overturned near Sasolburg.

The man in question was driving the bakkie with his accomplice, but he was the only one to die, according to Netwerk 24. The other attacker is still on the run.

Ronnie Brand, an elderly farmer, was attacked with a spanner on his farm by two men outside Oranjeville and was taken to hospital with serious injuries, according to Tommy Pienaar of Basopa Sekuriteit.

A number of possessions were stolen, including his cellphone, before the attackers made their escape in Brand's Isuzu bakkie. Pienaar told Netwerk 24 that the bakkie was discovered shortly after the incident near Sasolburg. The driver of the bakkie was declared dead on the scene.

Police spokesperson Constable Josephine Rani confirmed the incident to News24 on Tuesday.

"The suspects instructed the victim to give them money.

"When he told them he didn't have any, they allegedly assaulted him.

"He ultimately told them that he has some money in [his] Isuzu bakkie. They took the keys and his cellphone then tied the victim with ropes and covered his mouth with a blanket before fleeing the scene with the victim's vehicle.

"The suspects, alleged to have been driving at a high speed, lost control of the stolen vehicle and it overturned on the R57 road.

"One suspect, a 42-year-old man, died at the scene. The second suspect is still on the run.

"Mr Brand managed to untie himself and was rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment," Rani said.