Man assaulted in row over goats

2008-01-31 00:00

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was allegedly attacked and locked in a game capture cage by a farming family in Greytown.

It is alleged that Zamo Mdletshe was assaulted by brothers on their farm for grazing his goats there. It is feared that the attack might spark anger in the community.

“I am concerned about the backlash that could be disastrous; the community cannot tolerate this behaviour and it could turn violent,” said a local white man, who chose to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation.

“Mdletshe was severely beaten and locked up in an animal capture cage. It’s no surprise that there are so many farm attacks,” the man added.

SAPS Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Mdletshe was previously served with a notice to remove his goats from the farm, but he persisted.

Budhram said the farmer saw the goats in his farm and impounded them. When Mdletshe learnt about his goats, he allegedly attacked the farm owner, who was rescued by his employees. It is alleged that the farmer’s brothers caught Mdletshe and assaulted him severely and put him in an animal capture cage.

KZN Agricultural Union security desk spokesman Koos Marais condemned the assault.

“No person should take the law into their hands.” He said people should respect the Constitution.

Budhram said an assault case was opened against the farmer, but no arrests had been made by yesterday.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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