His brother Alwyn Krull, owner of Sunrise Eggs, said: “Shaun was last seen at dusk on Thursday when he went out on his regular patrol of our extensive herd of cattle.
“It appears he was ambushed at the feedlot by a number of people we suspect were involved in cattle thieving.
“Early on Friday morning we tried to contact him but both his phone and radio were off. One of his colleagues went onto the lands but could not find him or his bakkie.
He went to the feedlot and discovered the body of Shaun lying on the ground. He had been stabbed several times and it seemed as if the thieves ran over his body with his bakkie, which they then drove off in.”
The bakkie has not been found.
Shaun was educated at Cambridge High School and was an avid hunter, his distraught brother said.
He said he lived a quiet, single life and was well-liked by the community, said his brother.
Shaun was born on the farm on which he was killed, he said. The farm is owned by mogul Sisa Ngebulana, said the friend, who did not want to be named.
“He was devoted to his cattle and farming.”
The murder happened after a spate of cattle theft in the area, said Krull.
He said: “I have had three cousins who have all lost cattle in the area. Something has to be done about this or we will have more murders. Up until now it has been cattle which have been slaughtered. Now it is humans.”
The family was devastated.
This is a developing story.