Farmer pleads guilty to killing teen

2012-08-02 22:21

Johannesburg - A Limpopo farmer pleaded guilty to killing a 14-year-old boy on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

Piet Swart, 57, who appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court, pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and three charges of common assault, spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

Last year Swart shot at a group of boys fishing in a dam on his farm. The 14-year-old was hit in the head. A 17-year-old was shot in the left hand.

"He was sentenced to five years in prison which was wholly suspended on condition that he will not commit a similar offence during the period of the suspension."

Swart was ordered to pay R100 000 to the families of the victims.

"The family of the deceased boy will receive R75 000, while the family of the 17-year-old boy who was injured will receive R25 000."

Swart took the wounded teenagers to hospital, where the 14-year-old was declared dead.

The other boy was treated and discharged.

Two other children were not harmed.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-08-02 22:42

    I would like to hear the whole story how can it be culpabile homicide if he shot at them and what were the reasons accept just tresspasing

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-08-02 22:51

    Not acceptable - this guy should be in prison for murder. Normal people do not fire a weapon at kids fishing - whether they are trespassing or not.

      melania.nel - 2012-08-02 23:11


      @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-02 23:45

      My point exactly. Target shooting equals murder (not culpable homicide). Clearly, this is miscarriage of justice!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 06:52

      Disagree. It's all to do with values. Where do values begin and where do they end? Inviting yourself onto someone else's land is the same as putting your hand in the state's cookie jar. If people learn from the beginning "leave the possessions of other people alone" this kind of thing cannot happen. This sense of entitlement is what drives home invasions, hijackings, break ins and theft of motor vehicles. Basically people do not have the right to what does not belong to them.

      Msika - 2012-08-03 14:18

      @bless.boswell, I get what you mean, but we are talking about kids here not grown ups who are expected to have those values you are talking about...learning values doesn't just happen overnight. As 14/17 year old it is expected that you will break the rule here and there. If it was your 14 year old, playing at somoene's yard...surely you wouldn't like it if they get shot at. Kids will always be kids my friend, as adults we need to guide them and teach them, irrespective of whose kids they are, because as Africans we know that "it takes a village to raise a child."

      dakey.ras.73 - 2012-08-04 01:05

      @Msika: Today's youth is a different matter all together. Most 14 year old's are already men. That said, this story doesn't make sense, then again with all the farm killings going on, I'm last to judge someone like that. I have to say I think the man should have fired warning shots. Perhaps he was trying to scare them and hit some of them by accident. My condolences to the family of the victim. A terrible tragedy.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-04 08:04

      Msika, I agree with you. Somewhere in these posts it has been said over and over that the full story has not been told. What if he did fire a warning shot and hit the boys by mistake? What if they were very cheeky and threatened him? What If he found some if his goods in their possession, what if they broke a fence to get in? What if they threatened his kids? It could have been any one of a number of things, or it could have been nothing at all. An error of judgement, an over reaction, a misunderstanding - anything. I do not condone the shooting at all - but am trying to point out perhaps why it happened. with farm murders and rapes at an all time high, people are very twitchy - and you can't blame them for that.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-02 23:15

    No jail time for such serous charges?! Money seems to talk in SA

  • bongumusa.i.zulu - 2012-08-02 23:23


      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 09:13

      Yep that's the second injustice here... The parents were prepared to accept R75 000 for their child's life. I can understand why but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-02 23:51

    The fact that this bigot received a wholly suspended 5-year sentence does not instill hope or promote the integrity of our criminal-justice system!

      Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-03 09:19

      you can call it a freedom of speech but this thing has stuck in my throat ,how can a sober minded person can condone whats wrong,i grew up in a farm during apartheid years but the farmers would not do such things,there s anger that is growing within me am praying to God that he must not allow me to do what is evil,to be a big brother of those kids

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-04 07:56

      When you were growing up on a farm during apartheid, farmers had not been murdered in their hundreds by marauding thieves and killers - there was no need to be so overly protective ...

  • karl.schnautz - 2012-08-03 02:29

    im sorry but i would shoot anyone that comes on to my property... with crime so high in SA with a woman raped every 3min and murder for fun im only to happy to shoot first and ask questions later. if you on my land in my house and you not meant to be... white or black i don't care i will shoot you!!! really start protecting yourself!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 06:44

      My point exactly. If we find a burglar in our homes in the middle of the night and shoot them, we are charged with murder. What's he doing there in the first place? This arrogant sense of entitlement - I want - is what killed that boy. If he had not been there, it would not have happened.

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 08:37

      yes karl, fishing blacks kids pose a threat to idiots and racists. I do understand.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 09:28

      But Karl where does it end? With us all at war? If you are starting to get so paranoid that you fire at children and can't behave like a sane human then its time to see a therapist and turn in your guns. Have a word with the man who killed his own child.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 13:04

      @azande - during the bush war SWAPO used children to spy on the SADF troops, using kids for recon is nothing new.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-03 17:38

      That's why You don't belong in our Democracy, This shoot first mentality cos' you are living in deluded fear is what got a little girl killed whilst looking for comfort from her Parents.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-04 07:53

      Yes, a little girl who was looking for comfort from her parents when black criminals broke into her home. What were they doing breaking into someone else's property - an innocent death caused by lawlessness. Taking liberties with other peoples property causes major problems. Do not expect people to behave predictably when faced with trespassers - too many people gave died at the hands of trespassers. Don't deny it.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-08-03 04:31

    I used to visit my brother at a compound owened by Tonngat Hullet Sugar. I saw a lot of sugar cane farmers, never met this hostility, people would walk on the farm freely with no restrictions,and i never heard of any hostilities or tensions. Even if we are fighting a race war i will never point a gun at a white kid never. Why shoot at boys without warning?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 09:18

      I agree with Thobile, none of us would ever dream of hurting children no matter what the colour of their skin. These guys who murder babies and shoot boys.. they are not my countrymen. The only real wealth in this world is children. Bless, stop trying to defend this guy - he is a killer

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2012-08-03 13:28

      Yes Maylani, he is a murderer, but so are you. With this attitude of yours, you will be killing yourself. Picture yourself as the murderer’s wife. He got these kids fishing at his dam. Let's say he didn't have a gun and they did. What do you think would have happened? Let me tell you. They would have killed him, got you in the house, raped you and killed your children. Keep in mind, they have nothing. So they will loose nothing if they decide to kill you and your family.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 14:43

      Loueldon, I know more about murder than you. I lost my father in a home invasion. The perpertrators were too young to drive so they didnt' take his car. But I would never condone or try to defend killing innocent children. Don't lose your humanity.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 14:48

      @maylani - I bet your father would've had a much different opinion than you...

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-08-03 04:36

    Shot for fishing! Shame to the hungry boys! For the fact that he pleaded guilty that's why he received a lesser sentence!!!!!

      tobydt - 2012-08-03 06:59

      For trespassing.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 07:09

      Shame to the hungry boys for not asking first. What if it had been a prize bull they slaughtered and were eating? Still hungry - still trespassing.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-08-03 11:14

      well that's one way to solve world hunger, shoot them in the head - bang - no more hunger

  • smalahlela1 - 2012-08-03 05:30

    Money talks in this country,than those who can't afford.75 000 is nothing from a farmer than someone's life.

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-08-03 18:17

      So the thumbs down is for what?75000 is worth more than a life?you people are day you will be in the same shoes and we will see how much your or kids lives are worth,

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-08-03 06:31

    Mr Farmer you rip what you sow, honestly how can a person walk scot free after killing a boy! If the shooter was black he was going to rot in prison. I urge all law abiding citizens to take to the streets in protest, we must create a fund for these boys families. This is really sad, now I know why they were saying farm murders are genocide!

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-08-03 06:38

      I'm with you on this one !

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 06:59

      It's funny how people completely overlook the fact that the farmer has rights - he has a right to defend his property. He also has a right to determine who may come on to his land. I bet you someone will think twice before they swim/fish in his dam again.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-03 06:59

      Lerato what about those guys that killed a five month old boy and his caretaker? They're free by the way.. This is only one story that's made it to the paper.. Black it white it's not right but law seems to work in your favor.. Twisted

      marleze.baartman - 2012-08-03 08:09

      Emily and Bless why are u condoning this farmer's actions? What if it was your children that was shot at, u pple make me sick.

      mulzar - 2012-08-03 08:11

      @lerato: Refer - "I urge all law abiding citizens to take to the streets in protest, we must create a fund for these boys families." Ja - so that the "citizens" can destroy everything in their way in the name of protest and the funds can land into somebodies beer fund?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 08:42

      Marleze you are missing the point. I am not condoning the shooting, but trying to explain why it happened. Yes, you are right, I would be extremely upset if it were my son, but my son would never have trespassed on someone else's property. Had he wished to go fish/swim there, he would have asked for permission. That is accepted Behaviour. A simple courtesy. Why does everyone overlook the farmer's rights here? How would you feel if you came home and found strangers in your swimming pool? Or fishing in your fish pond?

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-03 08:42

      Marleze are you insane?? Not condoning it AT ALL! I have kids so don't think you know me.. We never really know both sides but my comment is about the punishment not fitting the crime when it comes to race.. Please don't assume you know $Hit about me or what I stand for

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 08:44

      @bless, has a right to defend his property? shoot the kids, they are illegal fishers...thats funny indeed. was he gonna do the same if it were white kids?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 08:52

      Probably not, because there is not one documented case that I know of where white kids have been responsible for a farm invasion and murder. Also, white kids would have asked for permission to be there. Generally, that is the way we do things.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-08-03 09:14

      The least we can do as pen pushers is let the world know what's happening in SA I for one have send this article to media around the world, various organisations incl Afriforum, DA though I know they could care less.

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 09:16

      @bless, farm invasion by kids hahahaha, u are a joke.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 09:28

      How old we're the boys that murdered terreblanche?

      marleze.baartman - 2012-08-03 09:54

      @ Emily I don't have to know u personally, I just have to read your comments to know what is going on in your racists mind, and then u call yourself a mom. Those kind of mom's who only have love and compassion for her own kids and her own kind.

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-08-03 10:18

      So... here we have a fool who over-reacts and kills a youngster and the reaction from black citizens is to condone murders that have happened and encourage more of them? Don't you notice that civilised people, while hating and condemning those horrid farm murders, DO NOT call for the murder of masses of innocent black people in retaliation? Let's have a bit of balance here and enough with everything being a bloody race issue.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-08-03 11:19

      @marleze - yip I agree it does seem as if these 2 bright sparks are condoning murder. Esp Emily with her "punishment doesnt fit the crime" rant as if a 5 years suspended sentence for murdering someone fits the crime - they're definitely not the sharpest tools in their sheds

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 13:10

      "was he gonna do the same if it were white kids?" White kids don't commit farm attacks on farmers.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-08-03 07:18

    Will i ever understand how the justice system work in this country, though?

      mulzar - 2012-08-03 08:15

      @nkadimeng: What is good for the geese is good for the gander?

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-03 07:25

    I do not condone the extreme measures the farmer used to protect his property against trespassers. He did at least show remorse by taking them to hospital and pleading GUILTY and not waste people's time and being insensitive the victim's families!! The sentence (although a bit light) seemed to be also based on this remorse and compensation towards the victim's families.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 07:30

      Lennon, I thank you for the voice of reason. The punishment was harsh, but it signals where many white people stand right now. A family members home was broken into last week and the thugs tied her up and bit her rings off her fingers. Do they believe they are entitled to do that. If she had shot them, would she have been wrong?

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 08:55

      If your intentions were good, you wouldn't shoot at kids in the first place, don't be fooled by actions after he realised his hatred for blacks is gonna land him in jail for a very long time. he played his cards well but i still maintain, he is salvage racist. he can't wait to finish his 5 years to do it again.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 09:01

      Azande, that's twak. People must just stay off his land, simple.

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 09:20

      @blesss. hahahaha its clear bro, I'm white and I will kill you in my property. makes one wonder more why criminals don't live farmers alive when they rob them.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 13:13

      @azande - and if the kids intentions were good, they wouldn't have been on the farm possibly spying.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-03 17:46

      Whats remorse if it were your child....Have you ever been a Child ?? Not worth losing your life for childish behaviour.

  • Teuneman - 2012-08-03 07:32

    There are always two sides to a story. Maybe the boys weren't always innocently fishing but perhaps provoked the shooting. That's why it's called calpable homocide, it wasn't intended to murder someone. And to just an fyi to our black neighbours: us white's aren't ignorant about the situation in SA, we think twice before saying/doing something. Sometimes the pro's of doing it just outwheighs the con's because we're forced.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-08-03 11:25

      yes, his attorney cross examined the kids post-mortem

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-03 07:56

    I would love to see all the facts of this case - like in what way was the farmer's life threatened etc?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-03 17:47

      Yeah with a makeshift rod from the other side of the lake...WAKE UP MF

  • marleze.baartman - 2012-08-03 08:03

    This is what boys their age does, doing silly things. As a child we used to go swim in the dams of the nearby farms and it was innocent fun, I can't think that we were a real threat to the farmers that they would have justification to shoot at us we were just kids. Murder is murder whether It's committed by black, white or green and since when is it punishable with a fine that's rubbish.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 08:45

      Marleze, I am sure that when you were a child, a female one at that, nobody ever though you may be intent upon theft, murder or rape when you invited yourself onto someone else's farm. But, having said that, we're you not ever taught that it was bad manners to do so?

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-08-03 08:49

      Die ou dae is lankal verby, met plaasmoorde so hoog kan jy hom nie juis kwalik neem nie

      marleze.baartman - 2012-08-03 09:40

      So Bless what u saying if kids don't have good manners they should be murdered?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 09:53

      No, that's not what I meant and you know it! But if they had asked permission this incident would never have happened.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-08-03 11:26

      no, marleze - according to bless.bosswell the representative of "white kids" everywhere - white kids don't catch on nonsense - they ask permission always

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-03 17:49

      This Bless is really a moron. You have no standing in the discussion yet you bore us with your stupidity. Marleze is correct Children being Children is not worthy of Murder.

  • carvern - 2012-08-03 08:27

    You know what I like about this storie, isnt that the dude is white or old or a farmer. Its because he admitted being guilty of the crime and showed remource by rushing the boys to the hospital after he "wronglyfully" shot them for being on his propertie. I c all the comments is gud for him and stuff but what about the police and you vigilanties who mob kill innocent people

  • gpitse - 2012-08-03 08:49

    A mere fish can cost you life ??? Firing @ a group of people = culpable homicide ????

      merven.halo - 2012-08-03 15:05

      "culpable homicide" Lol, with one dead it can't be culpable now can it?

  • azande.futhi - 2012-08-03 09:02

    Lets agree, he got away with murder. He is one lucky salvage barbarian.

  • mogorosi.mogonediwa - 2012-08-03 10:02

    This is a shame to the justice system how can u kill n take someone's life a young man n u only get 5 years.Why no man money wont bring back this boy back.\r\nThis guy should have served a life.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-03 12:42

    We are our own worst enemy. Have we forgotten all the joy we had as children?

  • piet.verdriet.37 - 2012-08-03 13:29

    Hi At least he admited guilt, I know of a few cases where a blatant murderer pleads not guilty and the trail is streched out for years. He took responsability of his actions not like some people in this country.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-03 13:34

    Whn whites kill blacks thy get support more thn de victims in their community,bt whn is done on thm,the likes of Afriforum r complaining nonstop,here is my point,reconciliation is just a pipedream,we (black n whites)will always find spots on each ada,no matter wht it takes

  • Msika - 2012-08-03 13:42

    5 years suspended sentence, really??? Surely this idiot should not be allowed to leave among us. He will difinetily commmit the same crime again. This were young innocent boys fishing in his dam, yes they were not suppose to be there, BUT he could have used other measures to chase them out of his farm NOT murder.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-03 14:40

    Morally wrong! Unlawful! Uncivilised! I have no time what so ever for this kind of reckless disregard for human life. Kids fishing in a dam for heavens sake. There are other ways to get them off the property.

  • adri.noble - 2012-08-03 18:40

    Piet Swart I don't want to be you. Do you really think you still deserve a place in society? What if it was your son? R75000, you and the judge have no respect for people.

  • dolf.dutoit.50 - 2012-08-03 20:48

    To all the idiots agreeing that this is justified because they were trespassing ... how would you feel if you came home from work to find out YOUR child went for a dip in the neighbours pool because it was hot and the neighbour shot him?? Will you still agree that its your child's own fault?? Will you go to court and support the person who killed your child because your child should have known better?? ANYONE here has done something stupid in their life at one point or another, is it fair to pay with your life for that?? Their is a HUGE difference between feeling threatened and protecting what's yours compared to what this idiot did. Life sentence would have been much more appropriate!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-04 00:31

    Limpopo is a hate capital of de racist murderers who always get away with MURDER

  • Liameciov - 2012-08-04 07:31

    Where is that forum which always cry over a struggle song

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-04 08:55

    This filth is a dead man walking! How are the uncles, friends, neighbours, cousins, community of this child feeling. Afrikaners shooting Africans since the 1600s!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-04 10:29

    Ooo noo! Justice in South Africa Iremember last month certain fella paid R80000 JUST 4 SPEEDING, But this murder has paid R75000 4 KILLING innocent lad.World justice is too much confusing sometimes.

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-04 11:10

    A Farmer will not shoot somebody just for the 'fun'of it while knowing what will happen to him in the present South Africa where the white man is always wrong and the black man the poor victim . The pressure and provocation under which farmers are nowadays, is unbelievable

      Thando Dlamini - 2013-09-12 07:14

      You're mad young boys fishing, what threat could they pose??

  • Bahle Mathe - 2012-08-04 14:01

    I totaly disagree with Murder regardless of a Victim's race but this is how a circle of violence begins. That image will stick with those boys for the rest of their lives, although some of them might move on from this maybe just maybe one or Two of them will never get over this ruthless killing of their friend, what if they turn out to be revengeful criminals? Who are they going to direct their anger against? Ofcourse their hatred will be directed at farmers and their first target will be the animal who Brutally murdered they companion at young age. By then it would appear like another farm killing but its actually not. I hope the Farmer knows how to spell the word Karma

  • bibi.shakwane - 2012-08-05 00:21

    R100 000 goes a long way in this country

  • prince.aneke - 2012-08-05 06:42

    Couldn't he just shouted at the boys to get out of his yard, i mean clearly he saw that they were harmless, it was just boys being naughty, or myb chase them with a stick or something, he was senseless and had no common sense

  • prince.aneke - 2012-08-05 06:43

    Couldn't he just shouted at the boys to get out of his yard, i mean clearly he saw that they were harmless, it was just boys being naughty, or myb chase them with a stick or something, he was senseless and had no common sense

  • Choene - 2012-08-05 08:44

    If that is what we call justice then our justice system is failing us. We are talking about someones life here and if a(black) human beings life is worth 75000 rand that means we are having serious problem. Whites can afford to kill as many innocent blacks and pay them off. God safe a black man

      dmkize - 2012-08-05 18:19

      Juju we want our Land Back even if it take 15 yrs it should happen,our enemies are ownining land killing our children popping out money to the poor families its a disgrace to the ANC gorvement cuz the racist Pig is still doing what they did in 1976 ..Peter Mokaba told u ..

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