Court hears of teen's terrible torture

2013-04-24 08:42
Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

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Johannesburg - Shocking evidence was heard in the Vereeniging Regional Court about how a 15-year-old boy was tortured and abused prior to his death at a training camp for game rangers.

Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, testified how his tent partner Raymond Buys, 15, was chained to his bed every night, was not allowed to go to the bathroom and was forced to relieve himself next to his bed, reported Volksblad.

Tears flowed in the court when Oosthuizen testified how Buys was too weak to work, walked hunched over and was once made to eat his own faeces when he was caught defecating in a field.

“His hands were tied and he was made to eat it,” said Oosthuizen.

Buys was allegedly beaten with pipes, planks and sticks if he made mistakes or didn’t do his work properly. He was also beaten with a whip made from a garden hose.

He said Buys was once forced to eat washing powder than he had knocked over, resulting in the teen throwing up and having diarrhoea for two weeks.  

Oosthuizen said shortly before Buys was hospitalised, he saw how the boy was taken to a rondavel by the owner of the camp, Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus. When he peered inside, he saw Buys tied to a chair, naked, with a pillow cover over his head and being shocked with a stun gun.

“He was screaming…I got scared and ran away.”

Oosthuizen said they received no training in this time and were made to do manual labour around the camp.

De Koker, 49, and Erasmus, 20, are facing several charges including murder, child abuse, neglect and assault.

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