Parys vigilante murder accused get bail

2016-05-26 08:47

Three accused men, who appeared in court for the vigilante killings of two farm workers in Parys, have been granted R10 000 bail each. A fourth accused, a minor, will remain with his parents until the next court appearance.


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Last Updated at 16:11
26 May 11:16
To be clear: Three accused, all older than 18, have been granted R10 000 bail each while the fourth, a minor, has been released under the Child Justice Act and will remain with his parents until they appear on Friday along with the rest of the accused.

26 May 11:10
LATEST: The accused have been given bail of R10 000 each.

26 May 10:59
The three accused in court. The minor accused is not in this photo as his identity cannot be revealed. The middle one is Cor Loggenberg, the 18-year old.

26 May 10:50
The public has been asked to leave the court as the minor along with the other three are about to appear, says Wim Pretorius.

26 May 10:14
Our reporter Wim Pretorius says: The court is not keen on letting us [media] be present. At the moment it's looking like they are going to clear the entire court apart from the accused. No media and no public.

26 May 10:10
There is a 4th person also going to appear. He is a minor so media might not be allowed in. We are trying to see if they can split the minor from the rest so that we can cover the other 3.

26 May 09:53

Back in February, News24 reported that a police officer, who was implicated in the murder of two suspected farm attackers, had been suspended.

It was not clear how Captain Hendrick Prinsloo was involved in the matter, but he had appeared in the Parys Magistrate's Court with four other people implicated in the murders.

26 May 09:24

News24's Wim Pretorius reports from court: Boeta van der Westhuizen, one of the accused, due to appear tomorrow, sitting in court.

The court is quite full.

26 May 08:54

Earlier this week, Netwerk24 reported that one of the 40 witnesses to the murders of Tjixa and Jubeba said the attack on Van der Westhuizen never happened.

“I’m not going to jail for someone else’s actions,” the witness reportedly said.

26 May 08:47

Three men are expected to appear in the Parys Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with the alleged vigilante killing of two men suspected of involvement in a farm attack.

One of them is an 18-year-old matric pupil, Netwerk24 reported on Thursday.

Loedie van der Westhuizen, 73, alleged that while he was feeding his dogs on his farm near Parys on January 6, two armed men confronted him and demanded R20 000.

He claimed he was pistol-whipped, but managed to run into his house and press a panic button. His attackers ran away.

A group of local farmers tracked and confronted the two suspected attackers, Samuel Tjixa and Simon Jubeba, about 8km from the farm. The farmers allegedly assaulted them before handing them to police.

Tjixa was admitted to Parys Provincial Hospital and Jubeba to Pelonomi Hospital. Jubeba was declared dead on arrival. Tjixa died later.

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