Al­leged farmer killer beaten to death by an­gry res­i­dents

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Estella Naicker

The man who al­legedly robbed and killed Bokkie Pot­gi­eter on a farm in Gluck­stad just out­side Vry­heid, in KwaZulu-Natal, has died af­ter be­ing as­saulted by res­i­dents, Vry­heid Her­ald re­ports.

Yes­ter­day, as pro­test­ers came to­gether to march against farm mur­ders and, dressed in black, took to so­cial me­dia to show their sup­port, Pot­gi­eter was bru­tally at­tacked.

Pot­gi­eter, be­lieved to be in his 70s, was a pri­vate man who lived alone. At 10am yes­ter­day morn­ing, a man is said to have en­tered his home and at­tempted to steal his bakkie.

A strug­gle en­sued and the al­leged rob­ber al­legedly slashed Pot­gi­eter in the face and head with a panga.

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing the sus­pect load­ing Pot­gi­eter onto the bakkie and driv­ing off. The farmer was still alive at the time, but bleed­ing pro­fusely.

The al­leged rob­ber crashed Pot­gi­eter’s bakkie into a pole 800m from where the at­tack took place.

He tried to restart the bakkie but due to ex­ten­sive dam­ages

A strug­gle en­sued and the al­leged rob­ber slashed Pot­gi­eter in the face and head with a panga.

from the crash, only made it a fur­ther 500m along the farm road be­fore the ve­hi­cle came to a stand­still.

By then, res­i­dents, who were drawn by the com­mo­tion, no­ticed Pot­gi­eter’s feet hang­ing out of the win­dow and ap­proached the ve­hi­cle to in­ves­ti­gate.

When they re­alised what had hap­pened, res­i­dents in the area de­cided to take the law into their own hands and beat the al­leged sus­pect un­til po­lice and paramedics ar­rived.

By then, Pot­gi­eter had al­ready died. Paramedics’ at­tempts to as­sist the al­leged rob­ber proved fruit­less and he suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

Last year, thou­sands of black men and women marched to the Vry­heid po­lice sta­tion fol­low­ing the mur­ders of well-loved farm­ers Billy van Rooyen and Ron­nie Lom­bard.

The march was to show the killing of farm­ers af­fects ev­ery­body neg­a­tively, re­gard­less of race. – Caxton News Ser­vice

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