An elderly couple in their seventies were violently attacked in their home on Wednesday 25 December 2019, in Cilliers, Kakamas, Northern Cape.
The couple were attacked on their smallholding at 22:00 and violently assaulted.
Their son who stays nearby heard the commotion and came to his parents assistance.
massive fight ensued and the home was turned into a shambles, with blood everywhere and furniture destroyed during the attack. The son who was also attacked by the man, after a number of warnings, opened fire the attacker killing him.
The elderly couple were admitted to hospital for treatment but have since been discharged. The police were on the scene until 05:00 on 26 December 2019.
In another separate incident, on Christmas day, 25 December 2019, in Harding, Hluku area in the KwaZulu Natal province.
A farmer was confronted in his home by a panga wielding attacker.
The farmer who was alone at the time was injured when the attacker laid into him with a bush knife demanding firearms and money.
During the assault the farmer managed to get out of the house to his vehicle where the assault continued.
The attacker also chopped one of the tyres on the vehicle.
The farmer saved his life by managing to drive off to seek help. He suffered deep gashes to his head, chest and legs was admitted to hospital after arriving badly injured at another farm 19km away.