Debate rages on after Julius Malema sang the controversial “Kill The Boer, Kill The Farmer” during the just-ended EFF 10th anniversary celebration held on Saturday and now a South African farmer Theo Bekker (79) was brutally murdered by 4 thugs thereafter.
According to reports, the attackers beat him with an iron bar, slit his throat, and then beat his wife Marlinda.
This came 24 hours after EFF leader Julius Malema told a crowd of 90k people to “kill the Boer (Whites), kill the White farmer”
The attackers were apprehended later in the day after they crashed the car they had stolen in Villiers in the Free State.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the attack happened after Theo Bakker went to open a gate on the farm around 08:30 to allow his cattle to graze.
Two of the stolen firearms, a pistol and a revolver were found in their possession. The shotgun was allegedly left at the crash scene.
“The four suspects will be charged for murder, assault with the intent to do grievous body harm and robbery. They are expected to appear in Balfour Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Mohlala.
Social media users exchanged there thoughts on the matter with some white folks implying that Julius Malema is responsible for inciting such an attack.
Here are some of the responses;
Every farm murder in South Africa is a policy action undertaken by or on behalf of the EFF.
It has been there and we need police to deal with those criminals as we can’t tolerate that
But is not because of Malema fix that
It’s actually interesting and funny how those with means of Media use that platform to show such incidents all well, thou I feel for those Black people who are abused daily by Whites and Indians in SA, who don’t have the means to show the rest of the World their grief.
Phillix M. Kokwele 🇿🇦@Matome_Kay
Half the time these farmers are not even killed by South Africans. It’s sad and disheartening, but these crimes are mostly committed by illegal foreigners working in their farmers as cheap labour.
Meanwhile, the provincial commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has “strongly” condemned the farm attack.
“The suspects forced him back home and tied him and his wife up. His wife was locked up in the bathroom, and [the suspects] took [an undisclosed amount] of firearms from the safe.
“They took the vehicle and left. Later, they were involved in an accident, and four suspects were arrested.”
Mohlala said the suspects faced charges of assault, murder and theft.
Theo de Jager, the chairperson of the Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai), described the attack as “horrendous”.
Saai is an agricultural interest network for the protection of farmers’ rights. Bekker was certified dead on the scene by medical personnel. His injured wife was then taken to hospital for medical treatment.
“The house was ransacked and the suspects managed to make off with an undisclosed amount of cash, a .22 pistol, a 38 special revolver, a shotgun and the couple’s Renault Kwid,” according to Mohlala.