Bad Brad left illegal miner bleeding for hours

2011-09-08 11:07

The Delmas High Court has heard that former Big Brother celebrity Brad Wood and four others left an illegal miner, whom their security firm had shot, to bleed for three hours.

Yesterday, James Sithole and Norbert Mawine gave testimony that Wood and his co-accused – Herbie Trouw, Willem Coetzer, Nicolas Pretorius and Micky Mazelem – did not intend handing the surviving illegal miners over to the police.

Mawine said they were forced to when a police patrol car came to investigate, the report in The Star newspaper said.

His version of events was contradicted by other testimony in court.

Sithole and Mawine agreed the security company, then headed by Wood, had encouraged the use of guns and told Sithole to “F*** off” when he was wounded. They also said the men shot without warning.

Mawine said the men spoke in Afrikaans and waited near the shaft’s entrance. Troue and Coetzer’s defence said this proved it could not have been them, as neither had spoken Afrikaans nor been near the entrance.

The five men are accused of killing four illegal miners at Aurora Empowerment Systems’ Grootvlei mine, near Springs, last year. Several other illegal miners were wounded.

The mine is owned by President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, and former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela.

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