Corrie Potgieter, 70, shoots dead black attacker who tried to get inside his farm house and threatened him with a BB-pistol
2012-01-27 Buks Viljoen, Beeld - A 70-year-old Mpumalanga pensioner-farmer has shot dead a black man who tried to ambush him sy hid homestead armed with a very realistic-looking BB-airgun pistol. The farmer got suspicious when he saw his gardener Fana Mashalela sitting on his knees on the porch. Corrie Potgieter of a farm near Karino west of Nelspruit, heard his gardener, Fana Mashalela, talking to someone outside the house at about 07:30 on Thursday morning.
He peeped out the bedroom window and saw two unkn own black men standing with Mashalela. He went to fetch his shotgun from the safe and walked to the bedroom window.
The men were gone then -- but he became suspicious when he saw Mashalela on his knees on the veranda.The next moment one of the attackers jumped up from underneath the window sill and pointed a pistol at Potgieter.
Potgieter fired a shot which hit the robber in the face. He died on the scene.
When police arrived, they found a BB-pistol next to his body.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said Mashalela had told him there were three attackers. The other two had run away. AFRIKANER SMALLHOLDERS UNDER SIEGE IN NELSPRUIT REGION ALL MONTH
The attack was one of several armed incidents targetting Afrikaners on smallholdings around NELSPRUIT over the past few weeks.
The areas hit the worst were Karino, Hermansburg, Cairn, Cromdale, The Rest and Alkmaar, said Vernon Lancaster of Hi Tech Security in NELSPRUIT