UPDATE: Farm worker shot dead near Krugersdorp for allegedly stealing tractor

(Image shared on Twitter)
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Johannesburg - A man who is apparently a security official, and not a farm owner, has been charged for the murder of a 32-year-old farm worker on a farm in Tarlton, outside Krugersdorp, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday afternoon. 

It was initially reported to News24 by Gauteng spokesman police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela that a farm owner was involved in the murder on Saturday.

However, NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw later told News24 that PWJ Durant, a security offical appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday morning. 

"We are still not sure if he is a security official on the farm or for a different security company," Louw said. 

The matter is postponed to next Monday for bail application.

Makhubela told News24 that the farmworker was shot by a farmer after he allegedly stole a tractor. 

When police arrived at the scene on Saturday, some of the farm workers attacked the suspect and also damaged his vehicle, Makhubela added.

Pictures of the farm worker, who lay in a pool of blood on the tractor, has since been shared widely on social media.

Some claimed he was killed for using the tractor to fetch lunch from his house."

"His death might not be in the mainstream media because of obvious reasons. A breadwinner, father, uncle, brother was killed," a Facebook post from Sediko Rakolote read.

Gauteng MEC for economic development, environment agriculture and rural development, Lebogang Maile, has sent his condolences to the family of the farm worker.

Maile said the killing of farm workers painted an "ugly picture of racialised violence".

*This story has been updated.
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