Chrisjan van Niekerk

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Chrisjan van Niekerk

Birthdate:
Death: July 25, 2020 (70-71)
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa (Murder - Farm Attack)
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Susan Jane Isikson (Parratt)
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About Chrisjan van Niekerk

Chrisjan van Niekerk (1949 - 2020)

Brief overview:

Chrisjan (71), who was virtually blind, was murdered at his farm shop Big Five Zuney, on farm Nooitgedacht, outside Port Elizabeth near Alexandria, on the afternoon of 25th July 2020. The perpetrators fled on foot and were seen on a neighbouring farm. Security reports indicate that Chrisjan was hacked to death with an axe.

According to police spokesperson, Mali Govender, one of the community members came across his bloodied body when he wanted to go and buy necessities at the store. The store's door was open although the security door was locked. "When no one responded to his call, he peeked into the shop and saw a bloodied hand sticking out from under the counter." He called the victim's sons who entered the store and found the his lifeless body," Govender said.

Christine van Niekerk, Chrisjan's sister-in-law, says he has been assaulted in his shop many times, but went there because he considered it his personal space. "Despite this, he still believed that God cared for him," says Christine.

"We believe the Covid-19 pandemic has a negative effect on the police service, specifically in cases where police stations are closed due to positive Covid-19 cases. We must take into account that this situation can be exploited by criminals and farm attackers because policemen are not necessarily available to fight crime,” said Henry Geldenhuys the deputy president of TAU SA.

"This cowardly attack on an innocent victim is strongly condemned and the police will not leave a stone unturned in this investigation," said Lt. Gen. Provincial police chief Liziwe Ntshinga said in response to the incident.

Solly Mathews (23) and his un-named brother (16), were arrested about 15 km from the farm at 08:00 on Sunday 26th July 2020. They are expected to appear in Alexandria Magistrate's Court this week on charges of murder. They were caught at the Landman monument between Port Elizabeth and Alexandria.

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Chrisjan van Niekerk's Timeline

1949
1949
2020
July 25, 2020
Age 71
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa