Gunmen who shot away the pancreas and spleen of farmer Louis Boshoff, 66, sent to prison: farmer survives:
2012-01-26 Volksblad journalist Marlene Jordaan interviewed farmer Louis Boshoff, 66, who was told by one of his attackers after the farmer was shot in the back but survived: "You see the Modimo (God) is stopping me.'(from killing you)...
The farmer said outside the courtroom in Kroonstad after the three farm-attackers were sent to prison for nearly killing him, that he also believed that God protected him when he and his wife were attacked by the armed black gang on their Koppies farm Viljoenslaagte in 2009.
When he and his wife Elsabe, 59 were attacked he was just busy climbing a ladder to carry out repairs - and the ambushers shot him in the back with a .38 revolver. The bullet destroyed his pancreas and his medical costs now run to R600,000 but he survived.
"It 's a fact that I did not have any fears. The protection came from Above," he said.
The attackers also shot and injured the German shepherd Bella and while she survived this injury, she was poisoned months later on the farm in a vicious revenge-attack.
He said however that 'God allowed a few miracles to happen that day.'
He said the first miracle was that his neighbour did not immediately answer his emergency telephone call when he was attacked.
"He always carries a firearm and heaven knows what would have happened if he had shown up right away...'
The second miracle was that when he was shot in the back, he was just busy climbing onto the ladder and was moving - so because he was moving upwards, they just missed shooting him in the heart: which had been their intention as the black gunman then said to him: "You see the Modimo (God) is stopping me.'
"The bullet went between my ribs and exited from my chest,'he said.
When the neighbour was eventually reached by phone, he showed up armed - and within three minutes.
The injured Bosman, bleeding copiously, said he crawled to his neighbour's bakkie. His wife said he even still tried to find a rag so that his blood would not besmirch the neighbour's passenger seat, he said. Mrs Boshoff confirmed that he was alert and helping to navigate enroute to the hospital. It was only when he took off his jacket and the bullet fell out, that they realised his close escape. And before he went into surgery, he prayed for the doctors. He said that while he was being operated on, he had a mystical experience: he was floating above the operating theatre and saw the doctors' green hats from above, saw his own body and the theatre-lights.
'" God confirmed this to me because afterwards the anaestethist told me that at one point my blood pressure dropped to 28/10 and that I should have died.'
Mr Bosman spent 40 days and nights fighting for his recovery in hospital.