Stefan Smit, the owner of Louisenhof Wine Estates in Stellenbosch, has been murdered following a protracted land dispute with the local Khayamandi community.
The Police have confirmed that four armed men gained access to the wine estate via an unlocked door, before opening fire on the 62-year-old. His wife and a family friend survived the attack.
Police are continuing their investigations, but no arrests have been made so far.
The farmer whose vast expanse of land lies just at the back of Khayamandi Township had earlier been granted a court interdict against the squatters.
The Red Ants at one time had to come and dismantle illegal shelters on the farm but the squatters were undeterred and rebuilt shacks.