The murder cases against three of the eight men suspected of killing the Coligny farmer Hannes Christie (65), who was murdered on the farm Vlakfontein near Coligny in North West in February 2018, were withdrawn today, 21 May 2018.
Ian Cameron, AfriForum Head of Community Safety, says: “AfriForum is monitoring the matter and is of the opinion that if more cases are withdrawn, further enquiries should be made into the actions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) at ground level in this type of cases.”
Cameron adds that suspects had also been released in the past, not because of their innocence but rather because of poor investigative work and in particular poor prosecuting by the NPA’s officials at ground level. “For example, in Gauteng, the murderers of Bernadette Hall’s murdered husband, David Hall, were released for similar reasons, and in many other cases nobody has been arrested.
“We are also assisting in the case of Nicci Simpson, who was attacked not far from Bernadette Hall’s farm, and an electric drill was used to drill holes in her hands and feet – up until today no arrests have been made,” Cameron says.
He also adds that in Simpson’s case identikits were compiled and statements were taken only about a month after the attack.
The murdered Hannes Christie is one of the more than 200 victims of the approximately 182 farm attacks so far this year.
The original article can be found in Afrikaans on AfriForum