Manager, worker attacked on FS farm

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A young farm manager and a farm worker were attacked on a farm in the Ficksburg district yesterday afternoon.

Vice-chairperson of Free State Agriculture, Tommie Esterhuyse, says according to information the 26-year-old Arend Corbett and another man, believed to be a farm worker whose name is not kown at this stage, were attacked by three suspects when they arrived on the farm Mooiplaas at about 17:00.

Esterhuyse says it is believed that Corbett and the worker got out of his bakkie when the unknown men approached them.

Esterhuyse says a scuffle ensued when the unknown men approached Corbett and the worker. Corbett was shot and the bullet grazed his scalp. He was also stabbed several times in the face with a knife. According to information the farm worker sustained a gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Esterhuyse says the attackers fled the scene to nearby mountains. Farmers and workers tracked them down and managed to apprehend two of the suspects who were handed over to the police. A search for the third suspect will continue today.

Police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, could not elaborate about the incident and said information will be provided as soon as possible.

AfriForum’s Pieter Myburg told OFM News last night the organisation arranged a helicopter to transport the injured to the Hoogland Mediclinic in Bethlehem.

CHRISTAL-LIZE MULLER / OFM NEWS