Piet van Wyk is still recovering from a vicious attack on
his home farm in South Africa. Photo/Supplied.
A Hawke's Bay couple are recovering from a terrifying,
violent attack at their farm in South Africa, where they had
intended to spend Christmas.
Piet and Jacoba van Wyk emigrated from South Africa to
Takapau eight years ago.
They bought a lifestyle block but still regularly return to a
farm Mr van Wyk owns near the town of Boshof in the heart of
Free State Province.
Their daughter, Rhodien van Niekirk, who also lives in
Takapau, said that last Sunday morning Mr van Wyk, 71, and
Mrs van Wyk, 63, went to check on their livestock on the
"When they returned to the farmhouse at approximately 3pm,
they were fetching water for their pigs when Jacoba screamed
as she saw three young men storming towards them from both
sides of the house."
The three had firearms which they had taken from Mr van Wyk's
gun safe inside the house. They started shooting at the
couple, who had quickly run into the house and locked the
front door behind them, Mrs van Niekirk said.
The men had shot at them through the glass and steel plate of
the front door, then had run around the house to the back
Mr and Mrs van Wyk had also rushed to the back door to try to
block it from the inside, but the three men shot and hacked
the wooden back door to tatters and gained access to the
"They bashed Piet over the head with the shovel and the butt
of a shotgun. The attack was so violent that the butt of the
"The men then overpowered Piet and Jacoba and tied their
hands and feet together. They continuously punched and kicked
They cut and ripped their shirts off and boiled water to pour
"They were torturing Piet and Jacoba, telling them, 'We are
going to kill you', while demanding money and diamonds," Mrs
van Niekirk said.
At one point, one of the attackers, who had a bottle of
whisky, tried to force Mrs van Wyk to drink it, while telling
her that he was going to rape her. He violently stomped and
stood on the couple's legs.
"He then dragged Jacoba to the bathroom, tied her hands
behind her back and shoved her into the bathtub. He shoved a
potato into her mouth and secured it in place by tying a sock
around her head."
Mrs van Niekirk said the attackers had then fled in a car Mr
van Wyk had borrowed, at the same time taking the keys to a
ute that was there so they could not be followed.
In touch with her parents by phone following the incident,
Mrs van Niekirk said police found the car in a town about
70km away but the attackers were still at large.
After the attack, the pair went to a doctor, and were
recovering although still shaken up. They were due to return
to Takapau on January 7.
- Nicki Harper of Hawkes Bay Today