A Paarl farm manager who was recently in court on charges of assaulting a farm worker, was attacked and seriously injured this week during a wage dispute.
The incident occurred on Monday at about 11:15 when a group of farm workers confronted farm manager Bruce McCready on a farm between Paarl and Franschhoek
According to Daan van Leeuwen-Boomcamp, head of the Drakenstein farm watch, one of the workers attacked McCready with a machete, slashing his arm in two places.
“He (McCready) was then lying on the ground when the same farm worker again hit him hard, this time with a brick against his head,” Van Leeuwen-Boomcamp.
The incident comes after McCready had allegedly argued with a female farm worker. She was apparently unhappy because she did not receive her week’s wages.
He then chased her off the farm, but she returned with a group of workers.
According to Van Leeuwen-Boomcamp witnesses told him that the group of people who attacked McCready were drunk.
Paarl police spokesperson Captain Louise du Plessis said McCready was currently recuperating in Paarl Hospital.
The police have arrested one suspect in connection with the attack.
In a separate incident, a farm worker from Lowenstein farm accused McCready of assault in November last year.
The case is still being heard in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court.
The farm worker alleges McCready unleashed a pack of dogs on him during the assault.