Three men in court for Bonnievale farm murder after extradition from Lesotho

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Jurie 'Tool' Wessels' widow, Liezel, was tortured along with her husband on their farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape.
Jurie 'Tool' Wessels' widow, Liezel, was tortured along with her husband on their farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape.
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  • Three men have appeared in court in connection with a 2019 farm murder.
  • The accused were extradited from Lesotho to face the murder charges.
  • They stand accused of murdering a Bonnievale farmer and torturing his wife.

Three men from Lesotho have been extradited to South Africa to be charged in connection with a Western Cape farm murder.

Moeketsi Hlaudi, Kekekso Ntsabisa and Thabiso Ramollo appeared in the Bonnievale Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, following their extradition from Lesotho.

They face charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in connection with the 2019 murder of Kapteinsdrift farmer Jurie Wessels in Bonnievale.

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said:

The accused, who performed seasonal work on the deceased's farm, used... their knowledge of the farm and planned the attack on the farm owner and his wife. They tortured Wessels and his wife by stabbing them, beating them and throwing boiling water over them.

Following the attack, one man, Ntabanyane Tlali, was arrested while three alleged perpetrators fled to Lesotho. In 2020, the NPA lodged an extradition request.

"After a lengthy extradition enquiry, which was held in Lesotho, the investigating officer Sergeant Estelle Wessenaar, as well as members of the SAPS and Interpol, were finally able to receive the accused and transport them over the South African border," said Ntabazalila.

The matter was postponed to Monday.

* News24 earlier reported Jurie Wessels' name as Tool Wessels.



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