‘All we want are Tebogo’s bones for closure’
THE family of Tebogo Ndlovu, who went missing in August last year while allegedly stealing oranges at a farm near Majakaneng, near Brits, have put their faith in God.
“God shall answer for us. We will never ever see Tebogo again, but we have accepted everything because there is nothing we can do,” his aunt, Nancy Sekgobela, said.
“All the family want are his bones or his clothes to find closure.” The case against a farmer’s son, accused of the murder of Ndlovu, was on Monday discharged at the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.
Matthew Benson, 24, was cleared of all charges, which included murder and attempted murder after his legal team applied to the court for him to be released under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act. The State conceded that it had no case against Benson.
Ndlovu, 24, went missing on August 2, 2017, after he was apparently shot, allegedly by Benson. Ndlovu and two of his cousins had allegedly gone to farm G11 in Mooinooi near Majakaneng to steal oranges, but when they arrived at the farm realised they did not have bags in which to put the oranges, and reportedly went to look for scrap metal.
Benson spotted them and allegedly chased them while shooting at them. Ndlovu was reportedly hit in the leg, and his friends apparently attempted to carry him while fleeing from Benson, but found he was too heavy and left him behind under a tree. He has not been seen since. His cousins escaped unharmed. Majakaneng residents waged a violent protest after Ndlovu went missing.
A number of vehicles were torched, while the N4 and R104 roads between Pretoria and Rustenburg, and the R566 linking Pretoria and Sun City were barricaded. Many residents also protested at the Brits Magistrate’s Court during a bail hearing. – African News Agency (ANA)