The scoundrels launched a barbaric onslaught on the couple and their family shattering everyone in sight. This is a fresh bout of unprovoked terror unleashed on helpless farmers who work all day to provide food for the nation. From the attack, gathered that is was targeted ruin the victims, who where taken unawares.

This brazen attack is happening on the same day that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said farm attacks had to stop, a Lephalale doctor was shot dead on his farm.

Dr Werner Emslie and his family were attacked on Wednesday night at about 19:00 on the farm Goedehoop in the Afguns area by at least four men, two of them armed.

Police spokesperson Brigadier John Masia said the attackers shot and killed Emslie and wounded his wife Mariëtte and daughter Barbara.

 Mariëtte, who is also a medical doctor, was severely assaulted as well, and was rushed in a critical condition to a Pretoria hospital for treatment.

According to an acquaintance of the family, Barbara was also seriously wounded, but not as critically as her mother.

The attackers fled in Mariëtte’s car, which was later found abandoned near the farm. From there, they had fled on foot.

Masia said no arrests had been made and the motive for the attack would be determined during the police investigation.

Mbalula said after meeting on Wednesday with rights organisation AfriForum that everything possible had to be done to ensure safety in rural areas.

Farm attacks and – murders had to be stopped, the minister said.

AgriSA and the police will decide on a plan of action on rural safety next week. “The time of just talking is over. We need concrete plans. We want action,” said Mbalula.