According to the KPH, on Saturday evening, March 1, the Fernbank farm in Karatara was robbed by 4 black men. A 5th is believed to have been the getaway driver in a vehicle with an Eastern Cape registration number.The police later caught the vehicle on the N2 and captured 2 of the suspects.
Gordon and Fransie Robertson were pepper sprayed and held at gun point.
Knysna, considered an idyllic holiday getaway, has unfortunately experienced several farm robberies this decade such as in 2012 when a farm on the Rheenendal Road was robbed of 3 weapons and R132 000 worth of jewellery. It led to a shoot out with the police but with the suspects escaping into White Location which is approximately 2km from the city centre.
Being a small town surrounded by sparsely populated districts, Knysna crime was seemingly ahead of the national curve but recent times, fuelled by joblessness and drugs, has ensured violent crimes. It is feared by locals that this will continue to increase.
As terrifying as the Robertson’s experience in Karatara must have been, the irony of South Africa must be that they were fortunate considering the brutal slaying of 3 people in a farm attack in Kwa-Zulu Natal the next day.