Accused called ‘pure evil’

2010-08-07 00:00

“PURE evil” were the words that farm murder victim Lorraine Karg’s daughter, Kita Olson, used to describe the men accused of killing her mother.

Olson, her father, Neville, and siblings, Brandon and Tori Karg, joined hands with the ANC as well as the farming community who turned out in numbers to support them — as well as the families of the Karg’s murdered employees, Hilda Linane and Zakhewo Mhlongo — at the Mooi River Magistrate’s court yesterday.

Picketers held placards with words such as: “No bail for cold- blooded killers; No 2 Crime; Put them away 4 Good; and Rot in jail, thugs”.

The protest accompanied the appearance in court by two of the alleged killers, who are to stand trial for the murders on July 21.

The two accused, Nhlanhla Dladla (22) and Mzwandile Magubane (21), are set to apply for bail next Friday.

The police previously withdrew charges against a third suspect, while a fourth man, Colin Maphalala (31), was shot dead after he allegedly disarmed a police officer who was busy taking his fingerprints, and fired a shot inside the Mooi River police station.

Super Zuma, ANC secretary for the Moses Mabhida region, told The Witness that the party wants to sent a clear message to criminals that their actions won’t be tolerated. “We don’t want people like this in our society ... We are all mourning for the victims,” he added.

Mooi River mayor, Mncedisi Mthethwa, said the community does not want the accused to get bail. “As the ANC and the community of Mooi River, we say down with killers, irrespective of colour, and we support the families of those who passed away,” he said.

Neville Karg thanked the people outside the courthouse for their support while sympathetic murmurs rippled through the crowd.

Earlier, Karg told The Weekend Witness that while the “past cannot be erased” his family greatly values the support they have received from everyone in the community as well as the work done by police.

But the family wonders why the defenceless victims were killed so brutally, yet the killers left two survivors behind.

“We went away for a whole month. They didn’t break into the house then. Why wait until we had been back for one day?” asked Neville Karg.

He said on the night in question, after heading out to transport labourers to help fight a veld fire deliberately set by the intruders, his wife had returned to the farmhouse to fetch the keys to a shed where fire-fighting equipment was kept.

That was when the killers struck, stabbing and slitting the throats of Karg and Mhlongo and shooting Linane dead.

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