Farmer in court over teen's death

2012-01-30 18:07

Polokwane - A farmer accused of shooting two teenagers, one of whom died, appeared briefly in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Monday, Limpopo police said.

The case was postponed until March 13, said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

Pieter Swart, 57, faces charges of murder and attempted murder after he allegedly shot Alzira Mbangini, 14, and a 17-year-old because they were fishing on his land.

Swart took the boys to hospital, but Mbangini, who was shot in the head, was confirmed dead on arrival.

Swart was previously released on R5 000 bail.

He was also charged with assaulting two of his farmworkers, after he allegedly set his dogs on them and slapped one of them.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-30 18:23

    Unbelivable, why would one shoot @ children?

      Hugh - 2012-01-30 20:17

      Christ - does anyone in this country have memory span greater than that of a flea. This news is almost five month old. News 24 is deliberatly twisting the information to appaer that this is recent.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 18:25

    Oi vokkit, this is not good, how can you shoot kids coz they fishing on your land?? WTF is with that. OMG Swart you are a D00$ of note you pighead!!!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-30 19:23

    This is really bad, you cannot shoot at kids who were not even a threat to your safety. Instead of killing kids, he should have done himsellf a favour by engaging in social responsibilities to communities around his farm. I am very impressed by ZZ2 farm management who also have a clinic for their employees which community members can also visit. Farmers should change their hostile mentality towards communities that surround them.

      spacepirate - 2012-01-31 05:50

      a very unfortunate situation ,think about this over 18000 farm murders where nothing was stolen just rape murder and mutalation ,on the other hand cant parents teach there kids this :ask before you just enter someones property ask how difficult can it be the only thing that can happen when you ask is a YES or a NO ,too shoot children will always be wrong,it is a pity this countrys crime is in such a state that most people feel a sence of self defence when you enter private property without permission ,keep safe and ask to enter private property it is not yours to do on or with whatever you feel like,RESPECT.

  • Lordwick - 2012-01-30 19:29

    It's unfortunate situation!!! condolences to the family and please South Africa be cool and calm by not politicising this matter.Let the court of law take it's cousre!!!

      Dawood - 2012-01-30 19:55

      What crap talk is that..when it suits u,then the issue should not be politicised..U and u'r racist brothers should wake up and face the reality of u'r too long racist attitude..U are the ones who breed the Mugabes and Malema's..And i dont blame them for what they speak

      Dawood - 2012-01-30 19:59

      spit and polish jou gat,Koos...Mandla gaan jou groot swart loolipop in tronk gee

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-30 19:36

    Let him have his day in court and hope the sentences befit the crime

  • SM1012 - 2012-01-30 19:45

    This so absurd...I really wish to .....

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