2 February 2001 Leave a comment
Black and white mourned together at Boer’s open graveside,’ wrote Beeld journalist Nico van Burick
February 2 2001 — SWARTRUGGENS, NOW – Beeld newspaper reported on February 2 2001 that Swartruggens farmer Piet Potgieter, 41, was buried as a tribal member of the Silverkrans tribal authority, and his death eulogised by the chairman of the National African Farmers Union in North West, Nabot Leketi, and by Captain Mogatoa Motlatal, chief of the tribe in the North West region. Beeld journalist Nico van Burick, who attended the funeral, quoted Captain Motlatal as saying that Boer Piet Potgieter was an honourable and kind man who was considered a member of his tribe. Hundreds of tribal members attended the funeral and contributed to the funeral costs as a sign of respect. Piet Potgieter’s younger brother Kobus was also murdered on their family farm five years earlier in 1996. Piet Potgieter was killed ‘execution style’ last Friday by unknown black men with a 9mm handgun, in front of his wife Magda.