TAU SA concerned over possible trial for farmers

2014-10-27 19:05

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

Johannesburg - Farmers' organisation TAU SA on Monday expressed concern over the possibility that two farmers who shot dead two alleged robbers near Leeudoringstad in the North West might have to stand trial for the shooting.

"They only protected their own people and community, which they did successfully," deputy president Henry Geldenhuys said in a statement.

"To prosecute those people will send the completely wrong message to criminals," he said.

The farmers shot the alleged robbers on Saturday after they were alerted through a panic button that another farmer in the area had been shot dead.

Police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone said on Monday investigations were under way to determine if action would be taken against the farmers.

"Murder cases into the matter have been opened and once investigations are conducted, the court will decide whether the neighbours will be charged," Mokgwabone said.

Three men tied up two workers, a man and a woman, on the farm Droekraal in the area on Saturday afternoon.

When the farm owner arrived a few minutes later he was shot dead. The men allegedly put him in the boot of his car and fled the scene.

The two employees managed to untie themselves and pressed a panic button which alerted the neighbouring farmers.

One of them saw the men leave in the farmer's vehicle and contacted another farmer in the area.

They gave chase and a shoot-out ensued about 30km from Makwassie.

Two of the alleged robbers died on the scene and the third was arrested. Police confiscated four firearms.

The 24-year-old man who was arrested remained under police guard in hospital.

He was expected to appear in the Leeudoringstad Periodical Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Mokgwabone said a preliminary investigation found that the 24-year-old had been accused of house robbery in 2012, but was acquitted.

Geldenhuys congratulated the farmers for their response to the farmer's murder.

"A farmer was murdered and subsequent action by farmers resulted in the apprehension of the criminals when two murderers paid with their lives," he said.

Read more on:    tau sa  |  mahikeng  |  crime  |  farm attacks

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

24.com 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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
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 24.com 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.