Groblersdal residents rally around foreman beaten by sons, dad

2016-06-28 22:26

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Groblersdal – A father and his two sons who allegedly beat up a construction worker appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Johannes Frederick Fourie, 49, Johan Fourie, 25, Quinton Fourie, 24 and a fourth man, Heinrich Coetzee, 34, face charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and pointing a firearm.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the case was postponed to July 11, pending further investigation.

Residents and colleagues of the victim, foreman Headman Pati, 53, protested outside the alleged attackers’ business, JQ Motor Spares, on Tuesday.

The father and his sons, and Coetzee, an employee of theirs, allegedly assaulted Pati last week, when he tried to stop them from driving through a construction roadblock. 

One of the residents who headed the protest, Kabelo Thage, said most people in the town did not know what had happened.

“We decided to go and show awareness, and support our brother who was attacked. We believe what happened to him can happen to any other citizen or any other ordinary person within the vicinity of this town."

The crowd of approximately 60 sang struggle songs outside the locked shop.

Groblersdal police were on the scene to ensure the crowd was under control.

Thage said they would support Pati by mobilising anti-racism organisations.

"If this is not stamped out now by us, we will not be able to fight it in future,” he said.

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