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Two separate smallholding attacks played in North West and Gauteng on Tuesday.

The first attack took place north of Potchefstroom in the Rysmierbult area next to the R501.

Capt. Police spokesperson Amanda Funani told Maroela Media that a man and woman watched television in their home when their dogs started barking at the smallholding about 21:15. The man went out to investigate where an attacker apparently jumped over the wall and held a firearm against the man’s head.

The attacker forced the man into the house and demanded money from him. “The man refused to give him money,” Funani said. “A second attacker entered the house and stabbed the man.”

According to Funani, there was a stumbling block and someone pressed a panic button. Funani also said the woman had hid behind the wall and fired two shots at the attackers from her hideaway before they fled.

Markus Fourie, spokeswoman for the local neighborhood watch, told Maroela Media that the husband’s wife heard that he was talking to someone and the situation sounds suspicious. “She then fetched the shotgun,” he said.

Fourie said the man ran to the room after being stabbed and the robbers fired two shots at him. “Both of us were fortunate,” Fourie said.

The robbers apparently stole two cellphones during the attack.

“The couple later found the man’s cellphone in the room and found the neighbor at about 21:45,” Fourie said. The neighbor apparently called on a two-way radio call.

Fourie said the man was treated on the scene for the wound on his hand. According to him, one of the dogs was poisoned during the attack.

A case of robbery and attempted murder is being investigated. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

In a second unexpected incident a man was seriously injured when attackers attacked a smallholding in the Apies River area, south of Hammanskraal, and hit a wrench over the head.

According to Pieter Oosthuizen, head of the local neighborhood watch, it happened on his neighbor’s farm. “There are two women, one man, one baby and a toddler who lives there. They do not farm themselves, they just live in the house, “Oosthuizen said. The incident occurred at 03:30.

Oosthuizen said the attackers had access to the house by breaking open burglar bars. “They attacked the man first where he lay asleep. They hit him with a wrench before they fled with mobile phones, wallets, clocks and a sound device. ”

The victims managed to call one of the women’s sister for help. The woman then called Oosthuizen and informed him of the attack.

According to Oosthuizen, the man was rushed to the Steve Biko hospital.

Oosthuizen said the two attackers suspected of the attack have been very active in the area over the last few months and their tracks have been found at previous crime scenes a few times.

The local police spokesperson was not available for comment on Maroela Media’s inquiry.

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