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Assault accused farmer in court

2013-07-22 09:07

Johannesburg - A Western Cape farmer accused of blinding and rendering a teenager epileptic will appear soon in the Ashton Regional Court, The Star reported on Monday.

According to the newspaper, Flippie Engelbrecht, who is now 19, was 15 when he and his father were attacked while on their way home from a farm in January 2008.

His head reportedly hit a wine tank during the assault and he later went blind and started having epileptic seizures.

The Star reported that Engelbrecht was burnt when he fell into a cooking fire during a seizure in September, and had to have his hands amputated.

Comments
  • OgaAt Dtop - 2013-07-22 09:28

    Why were they attacked?

      Hector1331 - 2013-07-22 10:18

      Not enough information to draw any conclusions.

      TumsDown - 2013-07-22 10:32

      No idea what the journo is talking about here .

      Silenta Solly - 2013-07-22 10:33

      lmfao i love this, now that its a farmer who attacked and practically killed this boy there isnt enough info to draw conclusions hahahaha imagine if it was a farmer attacked, the comments on this story wouldve been closed already.

      Amelia Basson - 2013-07-22 17:05

      ... THIS makes the news, but 4000 murdered farmers not newsworthy enough for you?

  • Serena Johnston - 2013-07-22 09:29

    What grade did this journalist pass!Half reporting.

  • Johan Kotze - 2013-07-22 09:35

    "Assault accused farmer in court" - This means a Farmer assaulted someone and is going to court... Now this part does not make sense... "According to the newspaper, Flippie Engelbrecht, who is now 19, was 15 when he and his father were attacked while on their way home from a farm in January 2008." Did another Farmer attack this kid and his dad who is a Farmer?? I'm just a bit confused as there is not enough substance to this Article to call it news or a report... NEWS24 Send your Staff for bloody Editorial classes!

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-07-22 12:49

      An activist made a short film about it, to stir as usual. 4 Years ago this case was dismissed. His alcoholic parents were put of the farm and when they left there was nothing wrong with this kid, no blindness or burns. He said he wants money, and his eyes and hands back. Nothing about the farmer going to jail but he wants the money.

  • Grant LE Grange - 2013-07-22 10:13

    What!! You said what!!!??

  • Edmund van Wyk - 2013-07-22 11:14

    Why come report it nw after 4 years why maybe it is a ANC scam just wonder

  • Edmund van Wyk - 2013-07-22 11:14

    Why come report it nw after 4 years why maybe it is a ANC scam just wonder

  • Titus Madiba - 2013-07-22 11:18

    2008 damn talk about justice dragging its feet!! Farmers have always thought they are above the law when it comes to the way they treat their workers.....the law needs to make an example with this one.

      Jan Brand - 2013-07-22 13:23

      I will make an example of you racist.

  • Shawon Tiltman - 2013-07-22 11:22

    sa education at its finest. ...don't understand can you please explain

  • Jannie Ruppersberg - 2013-07-22 11:26

    Here is the full story from IOL: Cape Town - An Overberg farmer is due in court next week accused of brutality that left a farmworker’s son blind and epileptic.In an epileptic seizure soon after the assault, the 15-year-old fell into a fire and had to have his hands amputated.The owner of a wine estate outside Robertson and his farm manager will appear in the Ashton Regional Court on July 31 charged with assaulting Flippie Engelbrecht, now 19.Farmworker unions and the ANC are to protest at the court.In a video made and distributed by Hermanus lawyer Carina Papenfus, his mother Katrina Engelbrecht said he had been assaulted on January 25, 2008. On that day she had gone with Flippie’s father Flip to the farm to collect money Flip was owed for work.“As we were walking to the welding room the farm manager took a pole and hit Flip,” she said. “Then they fought.”The farmer’s son asked them to stop the fight and the couple went back to their farm home.“On our way back we saw Flippie get off the school bus. He walked with us and as we got closer to the house a truck came. The men jumped off the truck and assaulted my husband again. They also grabbed my son Flippie and banged his head against a wine tank,” she said.

      Jannie Ruppersberg - 2013-07-22 11:26

      The boy was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital and operated on for head injuries.She said Flippie had gone blind afterwards.In the video, Flippie said the farmer had slapped and kicked him so brutally his ears bled. He later suffered epileptic seizures. During a seizure in September 2009 he fell into a fire the family used for cooking. He was so badly burned doctors had to amputate his hands.Months after the assault the family moved to Kanini informal settlement in Robertson. Flip was a truck driver at the Robertson wine estate but since the assault has been unemployed. The family lives off social grants.The farmer’s lawyer Jaco Krouwkam denied the allegations: “My client is shocked by the false and baseless accusations against us in a video on YouTube. Flippie Engelbrect could not have sustained the injuries on the farm in 2008. Engelbrecht was in good health when they left the farm in 2008.”Krouwkam alleged the Engelbrechts were drunk and that was why they had to leave the farm.He said Papenfus was “a well-known trouble-maker with a political agenda”.“We were never involved in any attack. The case was thrown off the court roll in 2008 by a local prosecutor,” he said.On Sunday,

      Jannie Ruppersberg - 2013-07-22 11:26

      Papenfus confirmed the case had been thrown out by the court due to lack of evidence and of witnesses but she had decided to follow it up after farmworker rights group Mayibuye approached her.“During the farmworkers’ strike in November last year, there was a protest outside the Robertson Magistrate’s Court and the mother approached the union leaders there for help with her son’s case. The leaders then approached me and I investigated it further,” she said. “I spoke to workers on the farm and about six of them told me that they had been paid not to testify. I followed up the case and have done my own investigations in the area since February.”She approached provincial police management in February who commissioned the Sea Point police to probe a case of attempted murder.“There are shocking findings in the investigation which I cannot reveal. I will do anything in my power to help this family.”ANC Boland chairman Patrick Marran said branches in the region would protest outside the court.Bawsi Agricultural Workers Union president Nosey Pieterse said they would join the protest.Cosatu provincial secretary-general Tony Ehrenreich said he would write to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe asking him to supervise the court proceedings.The police confirmed two men would appear in the Ashton Regional Court on July 31.

  • Dazza Oliver - 2013-07-22 12:37

    Who wrote this? They need to go back to school. The title doesn't match the article. Which farmer? Who did what? Are we to suck the rest out of our thumbs. Rather NOT report stuff than have a$$ed articles.

  • Liz Rudy - 2013-07-22 12:51

    They say obesity is on the increase in South Africa. I find that difficult to believe. With all the jumping to conclusions that goes on around here people should be fit as fiddles.

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-07-22 14:31

      lol, we all do that from time to time

  • Thabo Tebele - 2013-07-22 12:56

    Racist attack,and as ussual the silence from the Friforum will be deafeaning.They must charge that farmer with a hate crime and the attempted murder and take trow him in jail for life.

      Liz Rudy - 2013-07-22 13:02

      Innocent until proven guilty ring any bells for you Thabo? Read my previous post. Judging from your comment you must be SUPER fit

      Amelia Basson - 2013-07-22 17:07

      Is black-on-white killing of 4000 farmers not racist too?

  • Lood Pretorius - 2013-07-22 14:46

    News 24 sucks because where are all the news on the murders on the white famers by blacks

  • Amelia Basson - 2013-07-22 17:04

    News24 you are supposed to be unbiased ... this makes the news, but 4000 slowly tortured to death farmers not newsworthy enough for you?

      Amelia Basson - 2013-07-23 08:45

      News 24, what struck me most, was that you had to dig all the way back to 2008 to find something negative to publish about farmers. Shame on you!

  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-07-22 22:04

    Yep I knew it. The readers of News 24 have shown their true hypocritical colors. With comments like "News 24 sucks because where are all the news on the murders on the white famers by blacks" or "An activist made a short film about it, to stir as usual. 4 Years ago this case was dismissed. His alcoholic parents were put of the farm and when they left there was nothing wrong with this kid, no blindness or burns. He said he wants money, and his eyes and hands back. Nothing about the farmer going to jail but he wants the money." clearly show their ulterior otives. Yet when farmers are killd, they are calling for ther killers head. I condemn farm attacks whole heartedly! But I am not a hyppocryte as when a farmer attacks his farm workers, I will also condemn him. I could just imagine if the farmer was black beating a white worker, I could just see the readers of News 24 calling for his head. That clearly shows that their mentality is really low and they are lacking brain cells.

  • Burger Malherbe - 2013-09-04 09:05

    I knew Johhny Burger, and experienced him a gentle, allround good guy - but I do not know whether he did what he was accused of. He was passionate about the Rietvallei family estate, which has been in his family for decades. My personal opinion is that he knew that in the greater scheme of things this racial frenzy driven by the ANC and Freedom Trust can literally sink his business, and the future of his son and family who has recently taken over the venture. They were his everything, and he wanted to leave them a sustainable future without the baggage this has brought about. As far as Flippie goes - I hope for his sake all the allegations made are true, for if they ain't he and the Freedom Trust's Papenfus have Johhny's blood on their hands.I hope the case continues, and that all evidence are properly investigated - it is just a very sad affair all round, and my sympathy goes out to whoever was done an injustice - whether it be Flippie or Johhny.

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