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Man dies after Ventersdorp farm beating

2012-07-04 22:32

Johannesburg - A 52-year-old farm worker has been killed in Ventersdorp, North West police said on Wednesday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said farmer Wilhelmina Du Toit called police on Sunday to report that a "badly" beaten Frans Modisa had been found in a pigsty on Klippan farm.

"The victim was seriously hurt, with severe head and arm injuries. He was unable to speak." He died on Monday at the hospital.

Ngubane declined to respond to a claim by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province that the worker's death was a "racial killing".

Finger pointing would not help, he said.

"Police would like to call on anyone who has information on the murder of Mr Frans Modisa [to come forward], as finger pointing and malicious rumour-mongering will not assist in this investigation."

Ngubane said Du Toit reported another case of theft when she informed police that her pig was stolen, and she knew who had stolen it.

"She showed police the tracks of the wheel-barrow leading to the suspects' house from [her] pigsty," he said.

Two men, Elias Motshwaiwa, 23, and Paul Moloto, 21, were arrested after they were found in possession of a pig carcass.

He said they appeared in Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and were denied bail, while police did further investigations.

They would be back in court on 9 July facing charges of stock theft.

Comments
  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 22:43

    There you go, COSATU is loosing it now. Why throw racism in anything?

      carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-04 23:08

      Cosatu ARE a bunch of pigs! A murder is a murder and theft is theft.

      Walter - 2012-07-05 07:26

      COSATU just had to have their say and assume it was an act of racialism before the investigation is concluded. My guess is that the murder was as a result of an internal factional reaction amongst her employees in the compound and had nothing to do with the employee! But let's see. Allow the investigators to finish their job before making racial remarks.

      Hermann - 2012-07-05 12:54

      COSATU has lost it long ago. Their aim life seems to be to make 100% of the labour force unemployed and government is helping them in this dream - go ask the textile industry.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-05 13:10

      It is perception of the 80/20 rule in play again. That is; 80% of whites are racists, 20% are murderers. 80% of blacks are murderers, 20% are racists. Real Truth is: 80% of people are good people, 20% are bad people, but its the rotten 20% that gain power and destroy any form of hope in life for the 80%.

      Imani - 2012-07-05 14:21

      Just as you also throw racism into farm killings. The other day a black farmer was killed in Matatiele and there was outcry from you guys. Yes, you guys.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-05 20:20

      @ Carl, ""A murder is a murder and theft is theft.""....Nice facts , True at that. How does this change to genocide when the location changes ??

  • Pixie86 - 2012-07-04 22:46

    this is surely a farm murder!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 22:49

      definitely so, another farm murder.

      art5SA - 2012-07-05 02:40

      This murder happened to take place ON A FARM.... so YES... it IS a farm murder..

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-07-05 02:45

      It's more like an accelerated - progressive - crime. === surely the theft is connected to the murder === If the murder happened early on Tuesday - the same day as the court appearance, and denial of bail, for the theft - then the "Theft accused" were possibly trying to silence the 'theft witness'. If it happened after the court appearance then another person close to the 'theft accused' could be a suspect to the murder. All criminals progress to the next level of severity over time. In this case the time has been accelerated.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 06:37

      In that case do not expect the police to do too much, just like with the other farm murders. Or maybe, because his not white, they will do something for a change.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-04 22:56

    Steal pig and leave wheel tracks leading to your house,how clever of them.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-05 13:04

      What would you expect, they're pig thieves not criminal masterminds...

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-05 13:17

      If you follow the wheel tracks further back you will find where they stole the wheelbarrow too!

      Vicker - 2012-07-05 14:38

      Poor chaps thought Malema had come to town and invited him over to their bachelor pad...

      FirstSeed - 2012-07-05 16:26

      Some criminals are smarter than others.Some are excellent in covering tracks

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-07-04 23:01

    I'm close to the case, family involved. The murdered gent (one of the few old school good guys with a head on his shoulders) was pointing the culprits out to the owner and the culprits did not enjoy that much.

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-07-04 23:16

      News24, thanks for deleting my comment. I will re-post it again and again. NEWS24....Your shoddy reporting is the cause of racial tension on more than half, if not more, of this news website. I would love for the writer of this article to be held accountable for incitement... people read Ventersdorp and farm beating and conclusions are made without fact or consideration. You are deliberately using sensationalist reporting to get a response, your headline could have read something way different which would be less negative... but NO, you choose to incite. Come ANC, bring your media laws for these cases and set them right.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-05 00:26

      Media24 is a corporation, not an NGO. Whatever increases the bottom line will be used on news stories

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-05 03:06

      @jc1975, now that sounds more like the truth, no racial BS. Simple case of farm worker loyalty. Sorry News24, you are wrong and jc1975 is 100% correct, shoddy, incompetent, sensationalist reporting, when I first read the article, I jumped to the wrong conclusions. Shame on you.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-05 13:05

      Sensationalism sells...

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-04 23:02

    The only race war that will take effect is black on black. I look at some of the blacks I know, then take that with some blacks of my childhood, add some blacks in my professional life and I have to say that we have the potential to achieve something great in this world. Then I look at the polarization caused by the ANC, the continued strikes that's crippling the country, the poor (black and white) and how they will get poorer in time to come, look at all the corruption in the ANC, and I realize nothing good will come of this country until the day we change government. Unfortunately the war will be between yourselves, and you have no one to blame but yourselves, it's been 20 years since the death of apartheid, you should've seen the truth 5 years or 10 years down the line, but yet you still vote for the corrupt party that is the ANC.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-04 23:26

      Thando, you support a pro-anarchy party. Nothing good has or will come of it. Have you not realized yet that the ANC is there to only enrich themselves? Your vote is clouded my friend.

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-07-04 23:29

      @ thando.ram - Past injustices cannot be set right in the short term, it will need long term schooling and investment and training. Look at what happened in Zim when their leadership (using the term very loosely) gave farm land to caders, total financila collapse of the 2nd best economy in Africa. What the ANC needs to do is the following: - Make non-attendance of school until the age of 18 a crime, parents or legal guardian accountable. - Make teachers a 1st class vocation, where teachers are treated in the same reverence as doctors and engineers. - Invest billions of money (all the stolen money from cars, jets and tenderpreneurs)into schooling infrastructure country-wide. - Raise the passing bar gradually until we are back at first world standards Do this and see how this country will uplift itself without grants and reliance on a schooled white minority, if the ANC do this, I will pay my taxes with a smile and be happy for it.

      tobydt - 2012-07-04 23:54

      "we vote ANC coz its policies deal with addressing past inequalities and imbalances." And hows that working out for you?

      Thapelo - 2012-07-05 10:19

      I will vote for the ANC, no matter!! They liberated me from the evils of apartheid that was there for over 50 years. You are only complaining just in 18 years of ANC rule. ANC must reverse the evils of apartheid for 50 years, then we can start talking. So forget it man, do you expect me to vote for DA and be oppressed again like what is happening in WC? NO! NO! NO!

      riette.nothling - 2012-07-05 13:11

      Thapelo, just open your eyes and see that the ANC are the ones who caused most of the "evil" you see today with their stealing and lying ways, they've had 18 years to better this country, they've only crippled it. The ANC is opressing everyone, they've long ago lost their vision of bettering life for all, they are in it for themselves.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-07-04 23:24

    The guy snitched on the thieves.......they dealt him in a kangaroo court style...the only race in this, was the race to to beat him to a pulp.

      art5SA - 2012-07-05 02:45

      Nah Thando... the only race was trying to get the PIG away from the crime scene!!!! LOL!

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-04 23:31

    @thando, what's your definition of "past". For as long as you and your children live the governing ANC will always be living in the past.like you. Get on with the programme and make this Country a better place to live for all of us...

      juanita.human.90 - 2012-07-04 23:58

      I totally agree with you,for as long as the ANC run this country we will be living in the past 'caus they just can't get over it!Makes me so Gatvol to every time hear that when a black guy's murdered its a 'racial thing'.but when a white guy's murdered its a' robbery gone wrong'.How can they blame the white people when a black man kills a black man!thats like saying that one plus one equils three!

      danielle.vlok - 2012-07-05 07:29

      @Thando. You may want to look around. There's a GLOBAL economic crisis. People are living in shacks all over the world, with no jobs and only welfare benefits. Many of these people are educated. So if you are waiting for your corrupt government to do more for its people than the first world countries currently can- you are going to be waiting a rediculously long time!

  • Rowan - 2012-07-04 23:45

    Reporter is clearly inciting racially based responses.....typical, and no different to other articles here this is how media can start war...

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-07-05 00:47

    You're going to go to war because some guy got killed and Cosatu decided it was a racist attack out of the blue, with no suspects, no motive and all that available? Answer me this, when you wrote this comment, did you have your brain in gear at all, or were you just sitting there making go-fast noises like a child? Even if there was a war, you would get lost on the way there because you're a dumb-ass....

  • matthew.kingcome - 2012-07-05 01:23

    War?? Come on guys, dont be fooled by the political mind games. The only reason that racism exists is because the govrnment keeps it alive, fuelling the fire by replaying old apartheid videos when its election time. The fact of the matter is, when racism dies, so will the ruling party because they will no longer have it to hide their million rand parties etc behind. I am 30 years old, people in my generation have moved on, generations younger than me are even more so and dont even see race anymore. When will we move into a true democracy, one where our government is for their people and not their pockets? Media 24 we have the right to freedom of speech, deleting peoples comments, doing that directly contravenes our constitution.

  • matthew.kingcome - 2012-07-05 01:23

    War?? Come on guys, dont be fooled by the political mind games. The only reason that racism exists is because the govrnment keeps it alive, fuelling the fire by replaying old apartheid videos when its election time. The fact of the matter is, when racism dies, so will the ruling party because they will no longer have it to hide their million rand parties etc behind. I am 30 years old, people in my generation have moved on, generations younger than me are even more so and dont even see race anymore. When will we move into a true democracy, one where our government is for their people and not their pockets? Media 24 we have the right to freedom of speech, deleting peoples comments, doing that directly contravenes our constitution.

  • renier.kleinhans - 2012-07-05 01:44

    "a claim by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province that the worker's death was a "racial killing"". But when over 3000 farmers are murdered it is not racial..........

  • Sharmay - 2012-07-05 05:41

    Do any of you consider that maybe Frans was trying to stop the thieves?

      tobydt - 2012-07-05 06:38

      ratsaka - The pig side is right, the two workers stealing the pig :P

      dumisiledee - 2012-07-05 08:11

      digger.dighead are you for real? smh... no word has been invented yet to describe your stupidity...

      John - 2012-07-11 19:28

      Yes. I most certainly do.

      John - 2012-07-11 19:29

      Yes. I most certainly do.

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-07-05 05:49

    I'm close to the case, family involved. The murdered gent (one of the few old school good guys with a head on his shoulders) was pointing the culprits out to the owner and the culprits did not enjoy that much.

      John - 2012-07-11 19:25

      Now this sounds a hell of a lot closer to the truth. \r\nNever assume anything! One who does is generally WRONG.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-05 06:00

    So you assume that this female farmer had beaten up the farm worker? Why then did she report it afterwards? Here is a more plausible theory: The 52 year old farmer gave the 2 youngsters away for stealing and got beaten up by their buddies. This is just to show you that there are more than one possibility. Do not always jump for the racial hatred option, it shows who you are.

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-07-05 06:07

    Your comments are giving you away. Just look at it. There is no mention of who did it, no obvious signs yet IMEDIATLY most if not all are pointing at race. If I was not mistaken you're doing EXACTLY what the white people did during apartheid. You're all sick and you DON'T know it. In fact I am sick of this sh1t. Its depressing and I am quiting this forum purely becuase I don't want to be assosiated with you. FO

  • strauss.steven - 2012-07-05 06:11

    Stop talking to God how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!!

      sizwe.bwana - 2012-07-05 06:29

      Hey buddy, where do you get that stuff you smoking? I want some tooooooooooo

      merven.halo - 2012-07-05 12:49

      It is sold at the most church events.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-05 06:24

    Assumptions are the mother of all f@#k ups.

      Koos - 2012-07-05 06:48

      Everybody assumed saint Nelson and kie would be great at governing SA is a good example of that.

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-07-05 17:01

      Yes to " Ass/u/me " = To make an ASS / of /U / & ME

  • chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 06:33

    Whats the big deal? these guys kill each other every week, or is it just because its in Ventersdorp that news24 want to hint its a race issue?

      Hadebe - 2012-07-05 21:59

      Theres no big deal here, m so sick n tired of always hearing people complaining abt farm killings, who must be killed?

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-07-05 06:46

    SOLLY PHETOE from Cosatu: The biggest racist in the North West. If a fly dies it is whites being responsible. He really is a sick little man with a huge inferiority complex. Shame, the extent cadres will go to draw attention to themselves. The louder the better (empty tins??)

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-07-05 07:16

    I saw a black metro police man pull over a white ambulance driver in edenvale, the police officer forced the ambulance driver to take the patient out of the ambulance and made both sit on the grass after which the ambulance driver protested and got slapped in the face and told he is a racist. All he did was ask why and raised a concern about the patience well being. The metro cop then arrested him and left the ambulance next to the road? Are you truelly proud of this? Is this what you wanted? Anarchy?

      John - 2012-07-11 19:16

      Get a copy of SABC 2 WHEN DUTY CALLS monday July 2 2012. We do not have to obey these THUGS. They are SERVANTS of the PEOPLE. Not our MASTERS.

  • ettiene.j.marx - 2012-07-05 07:46

    news 24 hoekom probeer julle rasse haat aanvuur?????wat het ventersdorp met die berig uit te waai??

  • olwethu.tuta - 2012-07-05 07:52

    I think the guys that stole the pig are the ones that beat up the farmer. He probably tried stopping them from stealing it and they thought he was being forward. The police must just do their job well.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-05 09:31

    It sounds like the killers are already in jail, that is why bail was denied.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-05 13:01

      2 guys ate a whole pig? I think some culprits are still at large!

  • memory.g.pieterse - 2012-07-05 10:11

    typical case where information is mixed up to deceive the public. Why were there two separate dockets opened at the police station, one for theft, and another for murder, where it was the same incident? It should have been one docket, namely a murder docket. The theft of the pig is directly related to that as part of the circumstances. It is clear that the 52 year old farm workers was not the thief. A man of that age is no fool. He knows that theft is wrong. He would obviously have been a threat to the thieves, as he could have witnessed who they are. The thieves, young men Two men, Elias Motshwaiwa, 23, and Paul Moloto, 21, are actually murderers. What does Cusato do? Cusato is part of the ANC/SACP alliance. So if the ANC can not directly point fingers at the white farmers, they use the Cusato to do it. This is foul play. Corruption, deception, the legacy of the ANC alliance.

  • Dennis - 2012-07-05 11:01

    Cosatu, the big boss says there's no such thing as racial killings on farms. You must just accept the high crime rate!

  • riette.nothling - 2012-07-05 13:04

    Ngubane declined to respond to a claim by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province that the worker's death was a "racial killing". But killing farmers is not racially motivated? Seems what is good for one is not good for the others, double standards are the norm with ANC and COSATU...

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-05 14:01

    Really makes you sick and disgusted to the core. In today’s New 24, Zuma makes a huge issue that killing of White farmers is not at all race based, but just a consequence of crime generally in the country. But here we have a black man assaulted and killed on a farm, and before a single detail of the crime is available, COSATU opens its big mouth, stating that the killing has to be racially based. Such blatant hypocrisy and rabid racism makes you want to bring up. How long does this country have to put up with brain dead leaders of all radical political organization supposedly defending the rights of the masses.

  • johan.louw.399 - 2012-07-05 14:17

    More than 3000 thousand farmers got murdered up to now – this is a high % of the white population in SA of white farmers got murdered . THIS IS A WAR AGANST the white people !!!! yes and the song kill the farmer, kill the boer has no indirect effect! and your ANCYL calling for war to take the land back. You’ev got the land and is bussy running it down the drain like all the other African countries …..just look out for donations from other countries that work for their money and fight crime every day ,not like you !!! where it became part of the daily society !!!When are you going to wake up ??? just turned a blind eye is the easy why out – NO LEADER SHIP!!.The whole world should know this that it is a war against the minority in South Africa.

  • tolene - 2012-07-05 15:44

    Funny how when a white farmer is murdered by a black person - that is NOT a racial killing, here there seems to be evidence of the very people who stole the pig may have beaten the man when he may have been trying to stop them, but COSATU now seem to believe the white farmer did it.. COSATU make me sick... when will racism in South Africa stop... trust me guys, RACISM IS NOT WHITE ON BLACK.... it is actually anything to with discrimination between, colour, religion, gender... and it is the world over!!!!

  • FirstSeed - 2012-07-05 16:31

    Is Chris Mahlangu out of jail? If yes, he is a prime suspect

      Zama - 2012-07-06 04:30

      Man you make me laugh a lot, but I don think so

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-06 00:05

    Drinking session with his buddies ended wrong?

  • neo.nkome - 2012-07-06 07:29

    Wonder how many like these murders goes unreported and for how many years it has been happening*justathought*

  • shaun.feldtmann - 2012-07-06 07:37

    Why a racial murder? How can they even point out that it was a racial murder??? Is it because it was in ventersdorp? Really? So all the other farm murders on white people aint racially motivated? Its just very funny how they always seem to play the race card. Wish they would just stop their childish rantings and finger pointing and stick the race card up where the sun don't shine.

  • tshepos.setiso - 2012-07-06 15:06

    100% racist

  • tshepos.setiso - 2012-07-06 15:06

    this is 100% racist

      digger.dighead - 2012-07-19 02:18

      I will pray for you....it must be hard being so stupid.

  • sooi.vandenberg - 2012-12-08 19:25

    Say what you want but we all know who is the biggest racist in this country!!!!!

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