On Saturday 12 December 2020, after a heavy rainstorm Bill Theron (85) went outside to park his truck on his smallholding at Cramond near Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu Natal. Bill and his wife Christine had gone shopping earlier in the day. Moments later she heard a shot and went outside where she found Bill murdered at the farm gate. He still had the keys of his vehicle in his hand.

Cramond is a small village overlooking the Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu Natal. Source Google Maps

“He was shot at his gate. another farm murder!”

said a witness who lives nearby and had been to the scene.

The source told media that Bill Theron and his wife Christine used to farm eggs but had sold the 11-hectare property three or four years ago even though they still lived on the property.

“There’s no motive, no witnesses, no clues. It’s just like when June Butler was murdered.”

Butler (78) who lived in an isolated home at Cramond was stabbed in January 2018 during a break in. She died later in hospital.

According to the witness Christine Theron was unharmed in the attack and the police were on the scene on Saturday evening.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed the incident and said the man was found with an open wound on his face.

“A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death and the investigation is still continuing,” said Mbele.

A ward councillor in the area, Mlungisi Dlamini said the incident was devastating and that there had been an increase in violent crimes in the area.

“There has been a lot of violent attacks within the Cramond area recently. I hope that the police and other law enforcement agencies act swiftly in arresting the perpetrators,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini called on the community to be vigilant and work closely with the police.

“We all have a responsibility in combating crime in our community, we should report all things that seem to be out of the ordinary, even if there is an unknown car parking in the area, we should alert the police,” he said.

KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi condemned the “senseless killing”.

“As a department, we convey our deepest condolences to the family and all those who have been affected.”

The incident comes after the murder of an elderly farmer in Muden last month.

No arrest have been made. Information subject to change.

Source: The Witness – News 24

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