Worker dies after farm shooting

2017-12-21 06:00

ANDILE SITHOLE

FARM workers and the owners of the Shortlands Riding Centre are still in shock after an employee was shot dead at the farm on Sunday, December 10.

Mike Mpachika (27), sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the arm, abdomen and head.

It’s alleged that four suspects, posing as police officers, arrived at farm at 11pm on Sunday and demanded to see Mpachika.

According to information from Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) and SAPS provincial office, the suspects were wearing police uniforms and driving a Chevrolet vehicle fitted with blue lights.

Head of Rusa Prem Balram said upon arrival it was established that the suspects were driving a Chevrolet.

“The four men made their way to the victim’s room where an argument broke out regarding the services of a traditional healer.

“It is alleged the suspects demanded money from the victim when he attempted to flee.

“The victim was then shot three times, once in the head and twice in the body.”

The suspects fled the scene in their gateway vehicle in an unknown direction.

Paramedics stabilised the critically injured man before transporting him to hospital, where he later died.

“According to witnesses the suspect’s vehicle was fitted with flashing blue lights,” Balram said.

Ann Oliff, who identified herself as one of the owners at the estate,
confirmed that Mpachika worked for them.

“I cannot divulge all the details right now, but what I know is that he was one of our employees.

“I am not sure if he was a traditional healer.”

KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “A case of murder is being investigated by Tongaat SAPS.

“The deceased is suspected to be a traditional healer. The motive for the attack is still unknown.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.