The body of a farmer was found in a river after a brutally attack on his Kapteinsdrift farm in Bonnievale on Monday.
According to reports, Mr and Mrs Tool Wessels were attacked by four men and held hostage in their home.
The wife Liezel, was stabbed in the chest and had boiling water poured over her back.
However she managed to escape to a neighbouring farm.
Mr Tool’s body was later found a few hundred meters from the home in a nearby river.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said the circumstances surrounding the murder and attempted murder are being investigated.
“The female victim who sustained a stab wound managed to escape and alerted police. The body of her husband was later discovered approximately 200m from the house,” Traut said.
The suspects made away with two firearms and are yet to be arrested.