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sapsThe Citizen reports that Gauteng police have eventually clarified the identity of man initially reported to have been a Krugersdorp farmer who shot an employee using a tractor to travel home for lunch.  

Social media users this week claimed a white farmer shot a 43-year-old employee due to racial hatred and the Gauteng police initially insisted that a farmer had been arrested.  However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Monday that it was a security officer, who has since appeared in court on charges of murder.  West Rand, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said:  “The 46-year-old suspect, now confirmed as a security officer, appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court … after he handed himself over to Tarlton police.  With this matter now before the courts, police are appealing to the community and particularly the media to allow the police space to investigate thoroughly so that, ultimately, justice is served.”  Agri SA said the inaccurate information had tarnished the image of farmers.  Agri SA president Dan Kriek commented:  “False reporting on the incident and some poor journalism resulted in farmers’ reputation and public image being tarnished.”

  • Read this report by Yadhana Jadoo in full at The Citizen
  • See too, Agri SA lambasts police for inaccurate reporting on farm worker murder, at News24
  • And also, Employers of murdered farmworker distance themselves from his killing, express sadness over his death, at News24

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