5 guilty of Lindley farm murder

2011-06-15 17:30

Bloemfontein - Two farm workers and three of their friends from Lindley were on Wednesday found guilty of murdering Free State farmer Attie Potgieter during a robbery on his farm Tweefontein in December 2010.

The Free State  High Court also found one worker, Paulus Khumalo, 23, and three of the men guilty of murdering Potgieter's wife Wilna.

The three Lindley men - Tshekolo Letlala, 19, Telleko Seekoei, 20, and Diphapang Motaung, 18 - were also found guilty of murdering the couple's 2-year-old daughter Wilmien.

Judge George Wright said all five were guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Farm worker Klaas Mofokeng, 34, was the only accused not linked to the murders of the family, but was found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances for sharing the loot afterwards.

Motaung was a minor at the time of the incident.

Wright found Motaung's version of the events “ridiculous”.

‘Testimony pathetic’

He claimed Letlala and Seekoei had forced him to take part in the murders. His testimony that he ran away at some stage and came back was also “absurd”.

The court found Letlala and Seekoei's testimony was “pathetic”. They testified they knew nothing of the event, although they were on the farm at the time.

Wright said the amount of objective evidence that placed the two men at the scene of the crimes could not be contested.

The court found it was likely Seekoei was directly involved in the shooting of Wilna Potgieter and her daughter.

Letlala, Seekoei and Motaung were the only accused found guilty of possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Wright held that Khumalo planned the robbery and the murder of Attie Potgieter. He involved the others in the conspiracy to rob and murder.

At some stage he foresaw that the woman could be killed as well, the court found.

Wright congratulated the police for the “very thorough” investigation and the speed at which it was concluded. Everything had been done to get the accused in the “gruesome” murder to trial within six months.

The matter was postponed to July 25 to consider reports which Motaung's defence would like to submit before sentencing.

Attie Potgieter's mother Ina, said after the judgment they were thankful the matter had reached finality. She said the family had been through a bad time.

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-15 17:33

    Are they going to sterkfontein too? - 2011-06-15 17:44

      No... Malema would probably make sure some of our tax money goes for their families welfare... They indeed did what he wanted them to do... To get more boere of the land that "belongs" to him and the ANC elite few...

      SamuelMabena - 2011-06-15 18:30

      They are racist white-hating murderers. Executing a little 2-year-old baby girl. Savages! They should be hanged !!!

      Weeg - 2011-06-15 18:30


  • Paul - 2011-06-15 17:40

    Execute them

      SamuelMabena - 2011-06-15 18:32

      Yes, if only the ANC had the balls to bring back the death sentence. This is ridiculous. They deserve to die!

  • Bre - 2011-06-15 17:40

    so what does this mean? they'll get 3 square meals a day, tv, exercise, visits from loved one's. shelter, maybe a little cramped but not much worse than from what they had at home? where's the justice for what they put three innocents through???!!!! can anybody imagine the horror of what lil wilmien witnessed before being put to death?? bring back the death penalty!

      Samora - 2011-06-15 18:41

      and some regular conjugal contact with each other too

      Warren - 2011-06-15 20:19

      @ Bre: With all due respect, due to their youth these half lives will be seen as fresh meat by the old timers for at least a decade or so. They won't make it past the first day without receiving their welcoming present, loosing their front teeth. Trust me, true hell like they never could have imagined is waiting for them, for what they did to that family.

  • destyle - 2011-06-15 17:41

    wast of skin donate there body part to more deserving humans

      Jack - 2011-06-15 18:05

      I don't think deserving humans want demonic savage body parts in them. Hang them!!!!!!!!

      dwmllr - 2011-06-15 18:09

      What? Who would want a part of any of these bastardly coward barbarians? Rather burn the rubbish!

      VADERLAND - 2011-06-15 18:10

      They can rather fit me with a pig's bodyparts thank-you

      S knot - 2011-06-15 18:15

      Hey vaderland you may want to pass on that spiral cork screwer of the pig, nasty thing that! :) Hope these criminals die a slow death!!!

  • ACEUP - 2011-06-15 17:43

    "An eye for an eye", Execute them, like they did this family. Fight back for Gods sake

      Jack - 2011-06-15 18:06

      execute them and their children, who will grow up and do the same. that is eye for an eye!!!!

  • Monica - 2011-06-15 17:59

    Hang them!

  • lilo69 - 2011-06-15 18:01

    I wish i could smite the f'ing "agents". They got an amazing life to look forward to in goal all thanks to their countrie's own baby-fatfaced-chubby-cheeked juvinile league president.

      Jack - 2011-06-15 18:14

      and soon to be glorious gracious leader Malema!

  • dwmllr - 2011-06-15 18:15

    Kill them! Let them experience what their victims had to. And the bastard who shot the little girl - let him feel the cold muzzle at the back of his skull before falls face-in-the-sand. BARBARIANS!!!

      lilo69 - 2011-06-15 18:37

      Too quick and painless for these friends of malema. I got one word for them and that's Karma. They too stupid to know what's going to hit them......

  • 50something - 2011-06-15 18:16

    Give them to the zenephobia mob, they deserve nothing less

  • Mundu - 2011-06-15 18:28

    You know, it's at times like this that I a very grateful that I was not born black. I would feel so ashamed to be associated by skin color to these murdering scum. It would make me feel so worthless and a blight on all humanity.

      Dan Grey - 2011-06-15 19:01

      Imagine for a second the public outcry had the races been reversed. A white would only have had to give the 3 year old black girl a slap, for it to be international news and an example of racism. Blacks are the true racists and they express their racism through murder.

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-06-15 18:28

    Necklace them and when they're down, drop heavy stones on their heads whilst dancing and singing. African style, yeah!!

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-06-15 18:52

    it doesnt take a rocket scientist to work out why the ANC dont want the death penalty reinstated ... watch this space and I will tell you later...

  • BloodyAgent - 2011-06-15 18:53

    Black bastard sons of Malema – you will rot and one day meet the devil he is preserving a special place for you black dogs

  • adln - 2011-06-15 19:26'm not a Malema fan but we can't blame every brutal killing of farmers or ordinary white people on him...If people commit a crime,let them be punished. I'm sure we don't go around blaming every white person for the adversities we sufferd due to the apartheid system. Be real

  • Echo Bravo - 2011-06-15 19:28

    The Human Rights Commission should take note and accept that the "DEATH SENTENCE" should be brought back as soon as possible. Let this happen to one of theirs they will squeal like pigs. Now the "Law Abiding Tax Paying Citizens of this country must support these things in jail"

  • witboy - 2011-06-15 20:00

    I think a public hanging will in order

      lilo69 - 2011-06-15 20:25

      tarring and feathering them is going to be more in vogue i reckon.

  • makip - 2011-06-15 21:41

    i hope the farmers who kill thier workers aslo get the same punishment

      moiraine - 2011-06-15 23:53

      I am pretty sure they do if found guilty. At this stage these guys have not had any punishment anyway.

  • Ian - 2011-06-15 21:52

    burn i hell scum

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-06-16 07:18

    The only sentence they deserve is a bullet between the eyes.

  • Shaun - 2011-06-27 12:03

    Have you noticed that all of the rubbish that was caught is barely in their 20's!! It just comes to show that how blindly their leading our youth thanks to julias f@ck-face malema...its time that we whites and colored stand together and prepare for the civil war that is surely to come to South Africa...very sad but true..

  • tony.antunes2 - 2011-07-02 11:48

    Congratulations to the SAPF. I hope the criminals get correct sentences in light of the detruction this type of thing causes the entire nation.

  • Gary - 2011-07-26 07:35

    hand them over to the mob, prison will be to good for them, rip them apart

  • Snakepit - 2011-07-26 07:35

    It's time - WPPU (White People's Protection Unit)Do any of you volunteer to become a hangman for the WPPU?

  • Gary - 2011-07-26 17:47

    It all stems from the slogans of leaders, how will we ever have peace in this God forsaken country...never i am afraid civil war was only side stepped it has to come and it will sooner than we think, racial tensions have never been this high in SA and it is like a time bomb ticking away.....bring back public hangings and we will see the change starting with MJ and his merry men

  • rogerdebono4040 - 2011-07-31 07:59


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