Farmer accused of beating Flippie kills himself - report

2013-09-03 13:21
Flippie Engelbrecht (Jaco Marais, Foto24)

Flippie Engelbrecht (Jaco Marais, Foto24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The Western Cape farmer who was facing charges of assaulting farmworker Flippie Engelbrecht has reportedly committed suicide.

Johnny Burger, the owner of Rietvallei Wines, died on Tuesday morning, according to Rapport.

A family friend told Rapport that Burger had shot himself.

Burger and his farm manager, Wilhelm (Dozi) Treurnicht faced two charges of assault after beating up farmworker Flip Engelbrecht and his son, Flippie, in 2008.

Flippie, now 20, was left epileptic and blind. He later fell into a fire during a seizure, which resulted in both of his hands being amputated. He subsequently launched a damages claim against the two men.

Burger and Treurnicht appeared in the Ashton Magistrate's Court last week.

According to Eyewitness News, police confirmed that an inquest case docket had been opened following the death of the farmer.

2OceansVibe reported that Burger had recently received a large amount of criticism via social media for the alleged assault, and was worried that the negative publicity would lead to the estate's "John B" wines being pulled from supermarket shelves.

Read more on:    cape town

Join the conversation! 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 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.