The Lowvelder

Deon de Bruyn murder accused to face judgement

- Chelsea Pieterse

MBOMBELA - The family of murdered farmer Deon de Bruyn will have to wait one more day before judgment is delivered in the case.

De Bruyn (25) was shot and killed at Simonsvlei Farm in the Strydomblo­k area near Komatipoor­t on June 19, 2018.

He had been a manager of the farm at the time of the incident.

A total of seven men stand accused of De Bruyn’s murder and have been identified as Sifiso Madonsela, Solomon Msimango, Raul Mhlanga, Derrick Makamu, Oscar Chauke, Hendry Manonga and Fannie Mkhabela.

The seven accused were due to appear in the Mpumalanga High Court on Tuesday for judgment on the matter However, due to load-shedding and the judge feeling unwell, the case was postponed to this Friday.

Lowvelder previously reported that De Bruyn and his employer, Estelle Jansen, who was 59 at the time, were overpowere­d by three balaclava-clad men on the night of the murder.

The reports indicated that the intruders had overpowere­d and bound a security guard and cornered De Bruyn before heading into the house. There they came across Jansen, whom they dragged out of bed.

It is alleged that the robbers fired shots wildly and one hit De Bruyn in the heart. Jansen was hit by several bullets, but survived the attack.

Her son, Elmer, scared off the attackers, who fled on foot.

De Bruyn’s family have been present at the Mpumalanga High Court during the trial and have been supported by friends and family.

 ?? ?? Deon de Bruyn. > Photo: Facebook
Deon de Bruyn. > Photo: Facebook

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