FS business expresses shock after brutal attack on local farmer

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Mimie Jacobs and her business colleague and mentor, Kobus Marais, CEO of Pathfinder Investments. Marais expressed shock after the brutal attack on Jacobs in her farmhouse on Saturday evening.

The business fraternity in the Free State has expressed shock following the brutal attack of former Female Farmer of the Year, Mimie Jacobs.

The former president of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FSCCI) was brutally stabbed last night in a farm attack that occurred on her farm Rosemead, just outside Bloemfontein. She was stabbed by three men who were armed with knives.

According to the victim’s brother, Graham Jacobs, at around 8 pm, the assailants kicked open the door of her farmhouse and attacked her with a knife.

The newly elected President of FSCCI, Thabo Pitse said that the attack on Jacob’s came as a big shock to all at the FSCCI.

The newly elected President of FSCCI, Thabo Pitse, said that the attack on Jacob came as a big shock to all at the FSCCI.

“As the FSCCI, a chamber that stands to advocate and advance the interests of business people, we stand against crime, especially crime against women, children and vulnerable groups.

“We have a program of action in our strategic planning to come up with solutions that will help us reduce crime to save businesses,” said Pitse.

A close friend and mentor of the victim, Kobus Marais, CEO of Pathfinder Investments, told Bloemfontein Courant that he was shocked to learn about the brutal attack on his business colleague and local top farmer.

“Mimie is passionate about community and rural development in our province and proudly carries the Free State flag as an emerging farmer, across sectors and provinces, but mostly, and so critically important, across cultures.
“I am aware that the issues of crime and safety in the Glen area have been raised on several occasions on formal public forums and in the presence of the necessary stakeholders. We therefore need to seriously consider the potential negative impact of another senseless and other similar attacks.
“It is clear that farm attacks are cross-cultural and an act of criminality against a vital sector where we want to invite young farmers into and not discourage their participation as a result of the impact of crime,” said Marais.
He also expressed the hope that Jacobs and her farming family will not be discouraged or negatively influenced by such a cowardly act against a brave, lone woman farmer.
He went on to wish Jacobs a speedy recovery and called on the farming community, business and the Free State Government to take an unequivocal stand and action against farm attacks and violence against women.

According to the police the suspects are still at large. “Any person with information or enquiries concerning the case is requested to call Sergeant Monaheng Johannes Masiu at Soutpan Detective Branch,” said police spokesperson Thandi Mbambo.

Read the full story Jacob’s attack  here.

-Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za