Professor’s alleged attacker gets bail

2011-07-20 11:24

A farmer accused of assaulting Stellenbosch University academic, Professor Anton van Niekerk, was today released on R5 000 bail by the local magistrates court.

Abel Albertus Malan (47) is the grandson of Danie Malan, a prominent business executive involved with Sanlam.

Malan, from Nelspruit, allegedly confronted the professor in his office on July 14 about a letter that appeared in Die Burger newspaper on July 5.

In the letter, which Malan found offensive, the professor wrote that apartheid could never be condoned. In the heat of the confrontation, Malan allegedly toppled the professor’s desk onto him.

Malan faces two charges – intimidation, for allegedly threatening the professor with assault; as well as assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Malan appeared briefly before magistrate Anita Potgieter, who ordered him to surrender his passport to the police and to be out of Stellenbosch by 8pm today as the conditions of bail.

Other conditions were that he return to court on August 25, when the case would be transferred to the Stellenbosch Regional Court.

Malan was warned not to have any contact, direct or indirect, with Van Niekerk.

He has to inform the investigating officer of any change of address, and may not enter the Stellenbosch magisterial district without permission, except to attend court proceedings.

A final condition was that he report to the Nelspruit police every Friday between 6am and 8pm.

Malan was warned that he would be taken back into custody and his bail revoked if he breached any of his bail conditions.

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