Widow of slain Brits farmer relives ordeal of finding his body

2017-09-12 21:05
High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pretoria – The widow of farmer Muraga Mavula who was allegedly beaten and driven over by two men in Brits in North West said she was in a state of shock when she saw her husband’s body lying on the road.

“My life was not good…I was mixed up,” Anna Mavula told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

She was testifying in the trial of Schalk Myburgh, 56, and Schalk Myburgh jnr, 30, who allegedly assaulted and drove over the 64-year-old Muraga on the evening of December 28, 2015.

The defence quizzed Mavula about the position in which she found her husband's body and where she parked her vehicle when she arrived on the scene.

However Mavula, who was often irritated by the defence's questions, struggled to answer.  

"It was hard at that time [when she found her husband's body]. It was very painful," she said.

Mavula said she arrived on the scene and parked her vehicle on the side of the road and found her husband lying not far from his bakkie.

The State also heard testimony from Sergeant Bethuel Matlhomola Molotsane who was called to the scene that night.

Molotsane said when he arrived, he found a Toyota Hilux parked next to the body and a dead goat.

The body was covered with a blanket, he said.

He said a young man at the scene gave him information.

"Did anyone at the scene tell you the motor vehicle had driven over the deceased?" defence's Advocate Adele Janse van Vuuren asked.

"No," he replied.

On Monday Janse van Vuuren questioned Mavula about discrepancies between the statement she gave to police and her evidence-in-chief in court.

In the police statement, she said that her neighbour Carl Laubscher arrived on the scene with one white man, but in court she said both the accused were with Laubscher when he arrived in a bakkie and asked her what was wrong.

She added that she was not in a good psychological space when she gave the police the statement.

The State contends that the Myburghs murdered the farmer, who was out that evening with two of his sons looking for a lost goat.

The Myburghs have alleged that they confronted him over the ownership of two animal carcasses that he had in his possession.

A fight then allegedly broke out. The accused claimed they acted in self-defence.

The trial continues.


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