SANGOMA KILLER: EFF INVADE HIS FARM
Experts say farmer was drunk, or mentally ill at time of attack
In another twist to the Gonubie sangoma killing, members of the EFF began to occupy killer Fritz Joubert’s farm home on Monday night.
About 30 members of the Red Berets arrived at the property before 7pm, saying they wanted to take it over as a show of force against racism.
They said the house where sangoma Anele Hoyana was killed by Joubert was now the "property of the EFF".
The announcement was made by the EFF deputy chairperson in the Eastern Cape, Thembinkosi Apleni, during the “occupation” of the house.
He said the party would turn the house into a pre-school to benefit children in the community.
“The blood of comrade Anele will not have flowed in vain. There is even a nice bar inside, we will relax and enjoy this house.”
Apleni addressed 30 cheering supporters on the farm, which is now a crime scene.
An EFF member shouted in the crowd: “We will have our end-of-year braai here on this farm.” Another member said they would vacate the house for a day to allow the Hoyana family to conduct a traditional ceremony where they would “fetch” the spirit of Anele from Joubert’s home.
Earlier, experts in the fields of psychiatry and traditional healing dismissed outright suggestions that Joubert had been “possessed” when he killed his sangoma trainer, Hoyana, at the weekend.
Joubert, 45, killed Hoyana during a cleansing ceremony “gone wrong” at his Geluksdal farm in Brakfontein near Gonubie. He filmed many parts of the event and posted them on social media.
Joubert was later shot dead by a police officer during a confrontation.
Lulama Mpahla, the provincial chair of the Eastern Cape Traditional Healing Practitioners’ Forum and director of the
We are taking over that house. We will occupy the house to fight racism
Ithongo Institute, said Joubert’s bizarre behaviour had nothing to do with being a sangoma.
“If you study the videos, you can clearly see that Fritz was under the influence. As sangomas we have an ability to see when someone has been possessed by external spirits. This one was simply drunk, or high on drugs.”
Mpahla said while disputes often arose between a trainee (umkhwetha) and his trainer (gobela), they had never before escalated to murder.
He said Joubert had suddenly seen himself as being superior to his trainer, something that was extremely rare behaviour. “One also needs to check if there were no prior disputes. That may have triggered the attack,” Mpahla said.
Another possible explanation for Joubert’s rampage was provided by a psychiatrist, who asked not to be named for ethical reasons.
He said judging from footage posted by Joubert the farmer appeared to have been mentally ill. “He was presenting symptoms of mental illness. His ability to differentiate between what was right and wrong had been affected. He was under some form of false belief that what he was doing was justified.”
Hoyana, a Queen’s College old boy, was bludgeoned to death with a rifle butt by Joubert in front of Hoyana’s terrified wife, Babalwa, in the early hours of Saturday morning. Their two young children were locked in the bathroom by Joubert at the time.
Hoyana’s brother is Olwethu Hoyana, the well-known owner of OHBrigado champagne bar and former Metro FM marketing manager.
He said his family was busy with funeral arrangements for his slain brother. He declined to discuss the tragedy with the Dispatch.
Taking to social media on Sunday night, Hoyana’s sister, Iviwe Tenjisiwe Hoyana, described how she had bumped into a policeman at the house rescuing her brother’s children.
She said: “This time yesterday I had just run towards a policeman who had rescued my late brother’s three-year-old and three-week-old from a raging white man, who had just bludgeoned my brother to death with a rifle.
“That racist heathen did not only hold my brother’s young family hostage but has left us as a family hostage emotionally.
“He deserved to die yesterday. His soul is at God’s mercy. Yesterday morning was a movie I will never forget.
“To think that this man even took footage of his violent rampage and attack towards my brother.
“He was our neighbour for years and yet he had such deep hate for black people is what sends chills down my spine.”
In one of the videos posted by Joubert before he was killed by Warrant Officer Hendrick Odendaal, Joubert is armed with a knobkerrie yelling gibberish to Hoyana, who is kneeling with his baby in his arms.
Joubert shouts: “I am going to punish you.”
In various social media posts Joubert continually referred to himself as the “God chosen one” and to Hoyana as “Satan”. Joubert was no stranger to controversy.
His former neighbour, Victor Badenhorst, 75, said he felt forced to sell his Shadeview Valley farm and flee after receiving death threats.
Over seven years, the two neighbours opened 30 cases against each other at the Gonubie police station.