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Young Eastern Cape farmer killed during farm road patrols


Darryl Richter, from the farm Waterfall just outside East London, succumbed to multiple stab wounds on the scene where he allegedly shot dead two of his three attackers.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, Richter contacted neighbouring farmers for assistance when he spotted a suspicious vehicle on one of the main access routes to farms in the area.

He approached the vehicle and confronted the occupants, which allegedly led to an altercation.


Details remain sketchy at this point, but we were able to establish some crucial bits of information earlier today:

  • – The victim went out to investigate a ‘suspicious vehicle’ near his property, before he was brutally attacked.
  • – Darryl Richter requested assistance from other farmers on his radio.
  • – Three men attacked the farmer with knives, before he retaliated with his firearm.
  • – Two of the three suspects in their twenties were found dead in an open field with gunshot wounds.
  • – A manhunt has been launched to catch the suspect who escaped.
  • – The motive for the incident is currently not known, but it forms part of the investigation.


SAPS has since issued a statement on the East London farm murder, confirming that their attention is now firmly focused on bringing the missing suspect to justice – and they’re hoping the public can help them.

“Police have opened an investigation after a 34-year-old farmer was murdered. He was doing patrols on the Thornvlei road when he noticed a suspicious vehicle. He immediately called the neighbouring farmers for reinforcement. On arrival, the farmers found the 34-year-old seriously injured with stab wounds in his upper body.”

“At the time of their arrival, the farmer was still alive and was able to provide information about the incident, however, he later succumbed to his injuries at the scene. No arrest has been made at this stage. Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspect is requested to please make contact with SAPS immediately.”

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