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Didiza calls for Eastern Cape killers to be arrested

Minister Thoko Didiza thanked community members for standing together after another instance of crime in rural South Africa, but is urging police to bring the dairy farmer's killers to book

Minister Thoko Didiza called on law enforcement agencies to arrest the three men responsible for the murder of Eastern Cape dairy farmer Werner Buchner. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza is calling on law enforcement agencies to arrest the killers of Werner Buchner. The Eastern Cape farmer was killed in a robbery on his farm during the weekend.

The attacked happened at approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 5 September when three men entered Buchner’s farm, Boslaagte, in Nanaga in the Sara Baartman district.

“It is alleged that Buchner was shot in the back, while his son was also shot and his wife kicked and beaten. Both his son and wife were rushed to hospital where they are receiving medical attention,” a statement by Didiza said.

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza. Photo: GCIS/Flickr

“I call upon the police to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric attack.”

The minister expressed thanks to the local farming community and all other role players who immediately responded when the call for help was made.

“I would like to send my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the Buchner family, friends, colleagues and the Alexandria farming community,” she added.

“Mr Buchner played a critical role when he was the chairman of Clover SA and his passion for farming will be dearly missed. May his departed soul rest in peace.”

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