Camp owner in dock on recruits' deaths

2014-07-30 06:05
Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

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Johannesburg - The cross-examination of the owner of a military-style camp where three boys died is expected to resume in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Wednesday.

Alex de Koker and his employee were charged with murder, child abuse and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, relating to the death of one boy, Raymond Buys.

On Monday, De Koker said he had chained Buys to his bed because the teenager had attempted to commit suicide.

De Koker was unwell on Tuesday and was stressed and had high blood pressure so the case could not resume.

Buys, aged 15, died in hospital in 2011 shortly after attending the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp designed to "turn boys into men".

He had allegedly been beaten, chained to his bed, burnt, starved and forced to eat his own faeces.

Three years from when the trial started, the State completed presenting its evidence on Thursday.

De Koker testified that all the injuries Buys had suffered were self-inflicted.

He had transcripts of recordings of himself and Buys where he expressed concern over Buys harming himself.

De Koker's son, Anthony, however, testified earlier this year that the conversations were staged.

A tearful De Koker told the court his son said this because he despised him.

On Friday, De Koker said he was "negligent" and "unwise" for not taking Buys to see a doctor.

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