Kinross farmer, Anton Smuts murdered and his body burned

KINROSS – Mr Anton Smuts (64) was a farmer in the Kinross and Leandra area.

His body was discovered by one of the neighboring farmers when he went to investigate a veld fire close to his own farm on Saturday, 19 August.

The neighbour, whose name is being withheld, said that locals from the Afghanistan-township reported a raging fire at about 7.35pm.

When the farmer arrived on the scene, he could see a bakkie that was burnt and, behind the front seat, a body already burnt beyond recognition.

A family member that arrived on the scene recognised the bakkie as Mr Smuts’s Club Cab.

Apparently Mr Smuts’s wife left the farmhouse at about 4.30pm to buy bread.

He was settling down to watch rugby, but when she returned, the house was open and her husband and his bakkie were gone.

Mr Smuts apparently went to look for some of his missing cattle.

Another neighbour confirmed that sheep were stolen regularly from his and Mr Smuts’s farm.

It is suspected that the attackers started to shoot at Mr Smuts while he was driving past them, whereafter he was attacked.

His body was put behind the front seat of his bakkie and moved to a veld, next to the R29 near Afghanistan-township.

The bakkie with Mr Smuts’s body still in it was set alight, causing the veld to catch fire as well.

This is what got the attention of the locals and neighbouring farmer.

ER24 paramedics, along with members of a security company, arrived at the veld along the R29.

Upon closer inspection, paramedics found the smouldering wreckage of a bakkie.

Inside, paramedics found the body of Mr Smuts who had already succumbed to his injuries.

He was declared dead by Mr André Momberg, an ER24 advanced life support paramedic.

“I have been a paramedic for more that 15 years and that burnt-out bakkie with the remains of the man in it will stick with me for the rest of my life.

“I am also personally involved in helping with the safety of farms and offer my personal help and support to families that are attacked on farms,” Mr Momberg said.

Mr Smuts was interested in selling his farm, but there is a claim on the land.

Before the day of his attack, he had apparently already received threats that claimed that he would be burned.

It is not yet known who made these apparent threats.

The family is traumatised and was unable to comment at the time.

The Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU) of South Africa and other security companies have warned farmers to be vigilant and on the alert at all times.

Mr Smuts’s funeral has been postponed due to further DNA tests that have to be done.

The attack on Mr Smuts was one of five farm attacks in 24 hours of which a murder took place.

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Mr Smuts can contact Const Tlaishego Makgopa at 017 687 0033 or 072 781 0131.

 

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San-Marié Cronjé

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