Farm workers up for ex-ANC MP's murder

2012-06-14 20:14

Johannesburg - Two men have appeared in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court in connection with the murder of former ANC MP David Dlali, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Simthembile Jakalase, 22, and Matselandile Mehlomakhulu, 20, both worked for Dlali on his farm, Brigadier Miranda Mills said.

Jakalase was the farm manager while Mehlomakhulu worked as a shepherd.

The two appeared in court on Wednesday after their arrest on Tuesday. The case was transferred to the Matatiele Magistrate's Court, where they would appear on Friday.

Mills said police recovered an AK-47 rife, two magazines and 11 rounds of ammunition, as well as R5 000.

Dlali's body was found near the farm on Monday. The motive for his murder was still under investigation.

Dlali was remembered by Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana at his funeral on Thursday.

"He clearly understood the aspirations of the people of South Africa and the nature of sacrifices necessary to achieve the goal of liberation."

She paid tribute to Dlali's role as "one of the architects of our new democracy".

Dlali was one of the "unsung heroes" of the liberation struggle who embodied "patriotism, dedication and selfless service", Xingwana said.

Born on 23 January 1960, in Mount Frere, Dlali served in various Western Cape provincial structures. He was a member of the provincial executive committee and chairman of the Dullah Omar region.

He served as an MP representing Gugulethu between 2001 and 2009, before becoming Xingwana's special adviser.

Dlali was also a former underground operative of the African National Congress's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-14 20:32

    Farm workers are the most uneducated and the poorest of workers, surely as a farmer you have to treat them as best as you can, if not well the police can't do much for you.

      Michael Green - 2012-06-14 20:37

      This is not an excuse for murder! Only a fool murders the hand that feeds them!

      thebe.tau - 2012-06-14 20:44

      I will never make excuses for such low life killers, but we need to get to the bottom of the whole situation, it is. Not impossible to solve, I hope.

      Henk - 2012-06-14 20:56

      They must be hanged. And why do they have an assault rifle?

  • Hugo - 2012-06-14 20:33

    genocide watch?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 21:31

      Diego, just be glad that stupidity isn't toxic.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-06-14 21:32

      come on guys, it's said the victim complex is one of the toughest to shake ... ask *any* south african ....oh that and the sliver of timber off ones shoulders

  • Sharon - 2012-06-14 20:38

    whet happened to rob the guy,why kill,hang the bastards

  • Michael Green - 2012-06-14 20:39

    Plus they are not forced to live or work there, even though they get free food and lodging.

  • buzzardfrey - 2012-06-14 20:45

    Tender ages and ... Strange names!

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-06-14 21:31

    Something terribly wrong with this picture & more than your ordinary farm murder.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-06-14 21:35

    Wow good work ... just wish that white farm murders can be solved this fast ....!!!

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-14 21:46

      was thinking the same, body found on Monday arrests made Tuesday, where is this SAPS efficiency when other farmers are butchered & raped?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 21:58

      His own workers killed him - not much investigating was needed.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-14 21:49

    i wonder if his umkhonto past came back to haunt him

  • Koos - 2012-06-14 22:19

    What was he doing with a AK? Perhaps he is behind some of the farm murders. Karma?

  • johan.vandermerwe.33 - 2012-06-15 06:28

    Maybe this guy had a kind of whitish skin, so they thought they are killing a white know for the "struggle"......, maybe……

  • Ryno - 2012-06-15 08:11

    this go to show that he himself was afraid of farm attacks from his own race...

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