Apprentice farmer killed for R1 500

2012-07-31 14:45

Pietermaritzburg - Horrified farm workers have found the body of a missing apprentice of the Future Farmers Project at Townland Forest, outside Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal.

It seemed that he had been brutally murdered for his clothes, cellphone and a month’s grocery money.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Mduduzi Majola, 18, who went missing on July 20, had sustained an open wound to his head, multiple bruises to his body, and a piece of wire was found around his neck.

Mduduzi was reported missing after he left his workplace on Tweedsmuir Farm in Greytown in the afternoon, after being paid his wages in cash. He was supposed to catch a minibus taxi to Ixopo via Pietermaritzburg to visit his sister, but never reached his destination.

His cellphone, shoes and cash to the value of about R1 500 were missing when his body was found on Friday, said the police.

'Such a waste'

Mduduzi’s father, Malangela Majola, said: “They’ve hit me where it hurts the most.

“My son was a hard worker and showed signs for a brighter future.

“It hurts and even if they catch the killers it won’t bring my son back,” Majola said, adding that he needed strength from God.

Mduduzi grew up on Mark Hauff’s farm, where his father is an employee. Hauff helped Mduduzi through school.

“It’s such a waste; the poor family,” Hauff said.

Linda Tarr, of Tweedsmuir Farm, said Mduduzi was an outstanding young man.

“My dad [the farm owner] gave him huge responsibility when he went on holiday. He ran the show. He was loyal,” Tarr told The Witness.

Majola had huge potential in the farming industry.

He was one of Judy Stuart’s protégés, training as a future farmer.

He was also selected to go to California, in the US to start an internship in January, 2013.

“We try to make good news and things like this happen. What do you do?” asked Stuart.

“He was a good kid and had a good future. It’s sad that his life got cut short,” she added.

There have been no arrests as yet and the police are investigating a case of murder.

  • oom.koos.7 - 2012-07-31 14:53

    Cry for our beloved country...such a shame...!!!

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-31 14:57

    My heart goes out to the family and friends who speak so highly of this young man.A young man who through dedication and hard work had a future mapped out for him and who shone brighter than others and then taken down as if he were worthless.R.I.P

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-07-31 15:01

    My heart bleeds for him..may God rest his soul and give his family comfort.

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-31 15:10

    Why did they feel the need to kill him in order to rob him? I'm sure he would have given them the cash and phone without putting up a fight. It's terribly depressing to see things like this on the news all the time. I hope his family are given the strength they need to get through this tough time.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-31 15:18

      even if we don't see it such injustice is constantly taking place.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-31 15:46

      Because the penalty is so similar it's worth getting rid of witnesses. He might have known them too.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-07-31 15:18

    My condolences to his family and friends. A young promising live wiped out for greed

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-31 15:22

    Just another day in RSA.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-31 15:27

    This is what he gets, for trying to make a better life for himself, whilst others just demand and demand and demand. Here's a guy who's seen the light, realises that it's only hard work that brings rewards, tries his best and then the murderous basta%$^s kill him. T.I.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-31 15:30


  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-31 15:37

    This is the problem in this country, those who work hard for what they have are under attack by those too fat ass lazy to do anything for themselves!!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-31 15:49

    RIP young man xx

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-31 15:55

    so incredibly sad that so many can kill so easily for material things. I am a better person at least for reading what a great son the Majola family had. How is it there are the Majola type families, but so many others who violate the progress some make to just enjoy their lives. These such events should be the exception, seems they are the "accepted". Please South Africa, come back to civility and respect of all humans.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-31 16:26

    sorry for his family

  • colin.langley - 2012-07-31 16:28

    And here we all sit, on our asses looking at at computer screen. When are we going to stand to together and ask government why we have to hide behind high walls, security alarms and Electric Fence? Why can't us normal citizens walk around at night without the fear of being murdered or robbed? Nobody, and i mean nobody, black, white, Indian, Chinese, etc etc etc are immune to this social cancer! Where is the fervor of the ANC to lead a march to parliament to ask why? Do we need to paint the president's penis on our foreheads to get a response? It's so tragic that this young man had to die. What the f**k for? A farmer leaves an orphanage 30 million rand, but only after being brutally murdered. Where are all the voices? No ANCYL, no ANC, no DA, no IFP, no Cosatu. We are all being used as pawns is this disgusting game of politics. Our lives whittled down to a measly 1500 rand? WTF!

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-31 17:11


  • phillip.havenga - 2012-08-05 07:13

    And once again what is the common thread here? A farmer. This is disgusting this young man was building a future but it was snatched away by degenerate swine that are too lazy and useless to actually work for their living. The filth that commit theses atrocities should be executed and keep your human rights whines to yourselves, if you violate anothers human rights then by default yours should be forfeited.

  • riotousr - 2012-08-13 15:33

    R.I.P, Mduduzi Majola.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-08-13 16:42

    this story breaks my heart, not even animals do this to their own.

  • jan.h.joubert - 2012-08-13 22:04

    That is so sad.Any murder is totally unneccassary.

  • Given Renehilwe - 2013-05-04 17:24

    He was a friend,brother,mentor,Leader, Everything you can say to discribe somobody who had a Bright future ahead. Somebody who is very cruel,Lazy and evil just intercepted him

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