Wolmaransstad farmer innocent of attempted murder

November 18 2010 – WOLMARANSSTAD. Local farmer Franz Marx, 47, had to wait thirteen years to be found not guilty by the local magistrate’s court of attempted murder and other charges after he had carried out a citizens’ arrest of two of three black men who had attacked him on his farm in 1997, writes Susan Cilliers of Beeld newspaper.

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Marx said he was very relieved after having to wait for thirteen years for the case to be completed.  At the time of the incident, he was the commander of the then-Wolmaransstad farm commando and now still is the chairman of the farmers’ association. He had carried out a legal citizens’ arrest of two of three black men who had assaulted him with a stone and thrown stones at him.

He was accused by the two arrested farm-invaders, Johannes Thule and George Nduli, of attempted murder by holding them at gunpoint while ‘other men assaulted them”. However according to his lawyer Willie Nieuwoudt, the court had found the farmer innocent of all the charges  “because the complainants had repeatedly changed their stories and frequently contradicted one another during testimony. “

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About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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