The body of Dr. Carel Nel was found on his farm in the Biesiesvlei area in North-West on Wednesday.
Farmers from surrounding farms suspected trouble when Nel’s cattle walked into the road in the morning. According to Ian Cameron from Action Society, one of the farmers went to investigate at Nel’s farmhouse on the Tweelingspruit farm and came across the murder scene.
“More farmers were called, followed by the police who took over the scene,” says Cameron.
According to Capt. Sam Tselanyane, police spokesperson, the police in Biesiesvlei were called to the farm at around 12:00.
“When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the body of a 60-year-old farmer on the bedroom floor,” confirms Tselanyane. “The body was already in the early stages of decomposition.”
There were several gunshot marks on the walls and the doors of the house. The house was also ransacked.
It is still unclear at this stage what was stolen or what the motive for the attack was. Nel’s vehicles were not stolen and the dogs were unharmed.
Valuable items such as television sets, microwave ovens and radios are still in the house.
It is also not clear when the incident took place. “Preliminary investigations indicate that the incident may have taken place a few days ago.”
Cameron says it is possible that the murder already took place on Friday, but this has yet to be confirmed.
No one has yet been arrested in connection with the incident.