Flippie in tears after wine farmer's death

2013-09-04 11:39
Flippie Engelbrecht (Jaco Marais, Foto24)

Flippie Engelbrecht (Jaco Marais, Foto24)

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Cape Town - The death of Robertson wine farmer Johnny Burger, who was facing assault charges for allegedly beating farmworker Flippie Engelbrecht and his father, has reportedly sent shockwaves through the Western Cape town.

Burger, 62, is believed to have shot himself at Rietvallei Wine Estate on Tuesday morning.

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that Engelbrecht was "traumatised" when he heard the news.

His lawyer, Carina Papenfus, told the newspaper that he was badly affected by Burger's death, and started crying.

Engelbrecht, 20, was left epileptic and blind after Burger and his farm manager allegedly assaulted him and his father in 2008. Flippie later fell into a fire while having a seizure, and lost both his hands. He was recently fitted with prosthetic hands.

Burger and his co-accused appeared in the Ashton Magistrate's Court last week charged with assault.

A long-time friend of the deceased told Die Burger that the stress of the court case must have driven Burger to shoot himself, and that the case was politically driven.

Residents of Robertson told the newspaper that they were shocked about Burger's death.

The gates to Rietvallei Wine Estate were closed and a flag flew at half mast on Tuesday, Die Burger reported.


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