Cover-up alleged at 'torture' camp

2014-07-25 11:18
Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

Raymond Buys (File, Volksblad)

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Johannesburg - The owner of a military-style camp where three boys died will be cross-examined in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Friday, The Star reported.

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.

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

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, reported The Star.

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