2010-09-20 Two Afrikaner smallholders arrested after alleged death of farm-attacker - Uitzicht, Kameeldrift
Picture: Mrs Elize Olivier burst into tears outside the Pretoria magistrate ‘s court after a black magistrate postponed her husband’s and brother-in-law’s bail-applications to the weekend because police were still looking for an unknown Zimbabwean witness to the shooting death of an attacker on Sept 20 2010. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ons-lewe-in-vrees-20100923
Mrs Olivier told Beeld photographer Wayne Coetzee that with the Olivier men in jail, the family ‘feared for their lives’ at the smallholding and that three unknown men had also been there just the previous night.
Working-class Afrikaners under siege at Kameeldrift:
Kameeldrift is a low-income working-class Afrikaner region -- yet it’s also is one of the most dangerous areas in South Africa - and many hundreds of smallholders have been attacked, raped, assaulted and murdered there over the past few years in an ongoing campaign of terror by well-organised, armed black gangs. These warlike living conditions have even gained fame abroad, with a journalist from Norway even travelling to the smallholdings to interview residents:
related links to the latest Kameeldrift farm attacks:
Gerhard Pretorius reported in Beeld newspaper that Kameeldrift smallholder Mrs Elize Olivier said her family was living in fear after her husband and his brother were arrested and put in a police cell until at least the weekend -- arrested for allegedly shooting dead an unknown black man who was busy breaking into a window of their homestead on Monday-night September 20 2010.
‘We live in fear there. Last night three more men were at our smallholding,’ said Mrs Olivier, tears streaming down her face when she heard that her husband Frederick Chrisjan and his brother Koos Petrus Olivier, would have to remain in the police cells until at least the weekend. Their bail application was postponed on Thursday ‘pending a statement from one witness’ the court ruled. The SAPS claimed in their submission to oppose the bail-application – which by law has to be heard within 48 hours of any arrest - that the smallholders had allegedly ‘dumped’ the dead farm-attacker’s body along the road.
However Fredrick Olivier’s lawyer JD Nel told magistrate Bhekui Ntshingila that he opposed postponement of the bail application: “The statement which the police is still trying to obtain is from an unknown Zimbabwean man. To find that man is going to be very difficult.’
Public prosecutor Sipho Letswalo claimed that ‘the investigating officer also was trying to trace a dragging-vehicle (?) which may have been used in the crime.’ The magistrate agreed that the two Afrikaner smallholdersshould remain in police custody.