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Tensions are running high as a 68-year-old Glencoe, KwaZulu-Natal farmer, faces murder charges for the shooting of a 17-year-old boy.
The incident unfolded on 28 September 2021, when the youth allegedly collected his family’s cows that had supposedly strayed onto the farmer’s property.
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Appearing before the Glencoe Magistrate’s Court on 30 September 2021, the accused found himself the centre of attention. This was after ANC members and residents protested outside the court, demanding that he be denied bail.
Captain Nqobile Gwala says the elderly farmer was remanded into custody until Wednesday, 6 October 2021.
According to reports, the ANC has hired a private lawyer to assist the deceased’s family during the legal proceedings. This is due to people demanding the farmer be put behind bars for the murder of the 17-year-old Qiniso Dlamini.
While political parties are now monitoring the case, the uMzinyathi Farmers Association has claimed the farmer had been battling to remove stray cattle grazing on his farm and that there was more to the matter than what was being said.
This seems evident following a video of the incident being leaked onto Facebook, showing the farmer firing a shot after being involved in an altercation with three young men.
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Additionally, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, voiced her condemnation of the youngster’s murder.
The MEC also reiterated her call for farm dwellers, farmworkers, and farm owners to find amicable solutions in any grievance that might exist.
She added, “I’m appealing to our South African Police Services to leave no stone unturned in investigating this matter as we have received allegations that this is the second time a similar incident is happening at the same farm. This happens at a time when as the Department charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the Province has enough food, are looking for peaceful social cohesion, especially, among farmers, dwellers, and tenants, as drivers of food production in the Province.”
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