Laura Macris, owner of a Wild Fig Farm estate and two female workers, tied up for 8 hours, White River by armed gang - many sonamed border-crossing'NINJA GANGS' operate in entire border area with Mozambique, kidnapping people for ransom, hacking off their heads if they don't get paid, gang-raping victims, and attacking farms for food and guns:
31 May 2012 Lowveld journalist Susanna Oosthuizen reports
WITRIVIER -Well-known business woman Laura Macris and two female workers were tied up for eight hours by a gang of armed black male robbers.
They were attacked on Tuesday-night May 29 212 23h00.
Mrs Macris' hands and wrists were 'seriously injured' and all three women were badly traumatised.They were found the next morning at 7h00 by the gardener, who heard their cries for help.Mrs Macris' son rushed from Johannesburg to help his mom.
SAPS capt Ronel Bekker said it was unclear how the gang gained access, whether they fled on foot or by vehicles.
SAPS; ESTATE-OWNERS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY - AT LEAST EIGHT CRIMINAL ARMED GANGS OPERATE IN AREA:
She called on smallholders and owners of large agricultural estate in the area to 'accept responsibility for their own security'. "Many estates only haVE one or two guards which have to patrol 300hectare-estates yet residents seem to think that's safe enough.It is of great concern to me that there still are homes without security systems, and unfortunately the SAPS cannot patrol everywhere. She said the Macris estate did not have any alarm- not panic-systems in place.
Last month a nearby homestead also was targetted by armed attackers: they had dug a hole underneath the fencing.
article previous attack: couple attacked on estate:
In this attack, all six black males wore balaclavas and handguns , said Mrs Bekker, 'however it's not necessarily the same gang, but the possibility cannot be excluded'.
The SAPS believes that there may be as many as eight seperate, heavily-armed gangs operating in the Lowveld region.
The suspects in the earlier attack last month were arrested in May but released into the community again with a mere R2,000 bail.The public prosecutor in this case said 'the SAPS are still searching for other suspects and awaiting ballistic tests.'