Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Kestell: The Farm Manager of Middelpunt Farm District; Kestell; Frikkie van Huysteen (30), appeared briefly before the Kestell Magistrate court today on a charge of murder following the death of Thokozani Joseph Mdlhuli (28) of Tlhlolong; near Kestell.
This follows an incident during September 2020 when the suspect and deceased engaged in a quarrel whilst unloading iron pipes at a farm.
It is alleged that the deceased took an iron pipe and assaulted his Farm Manager (suspect) who then withdrew his firearm and shot him the deceased in the neck at close range.
The deceased was rushed to hospital where he was later discharged but couldn’t walk.
The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted murder and released on R500 bail.
The deceased was returned to hospital after his condition deteriorated where he died on the 28 January 2021.
The charge against the suspect was thereafter changed from attempted murder to murder.
On the 24 February 2021, the suspect appeared before the Kestell Magistrate court to be informed of the new charge against him and the case was postponed to 28 May 2021 for further investigation under same bail conditions.