Ex­perts say farmer was drunk, or men­tally ill at time of at­tack

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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.

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