Farmer robbed, forced to say ‘I love black people’

A wheelchair-bound farmer and his family were assaulted and robbed on their farm in Mpumalanga.

“They forced my father to repeat ‘I love black people’,” 70-year-old Johan Lange’s daughter, Monique, was quoted as saying by Beeld newspaper.

Five armed men jumped over a fence, attacked Lange, threw him out of his wheelchair and assaulted him on his farm on Saturday around 10pm.

Monique Lange (34), her husband Bernhard Bekker (36) and their 13-month-old son were visiting him at the time.

The attackers stole five hunting rifles and ammunition from a safe, as well as a laptop computer, cellphones, money, and bank cards.

Bekker was assaulted and bound, and the baby was tied to Monique. She managed to free herself and call for help.

The men fled in Bekker’s bakkie, which police found abandoned about 30km away at the Mkhulu sports field on Sunday.

No arrests had been made.