Boer gunsmith Kobus de Vries: another mystery SAPS death

Kobus de Vries, 54, of Babanango, KZN, Boer gunsmith, mowed down under mysterious circumstances by 40-member cop-team with 3 sharpshooters –  Jan 20 2011 

The Sunday Tribune, describing the mysterious death of Boer gunsmith Kobus de Vries, concludes that there are more questions than answers surrounding his death at the hands of the SAPS on January 20 2011.

DeVries Thinus  gunsmith farmer Jan202011 mowed down by SAPS Babanango KZN

In the article by Vivian Attwood and Helen Grange, De Vries’s brother Thinus remained adamant the SAPS overreacted very badly – after a very minor incident with the female driver of an Eskom truck, and in which his vehicle only sustained a slight scrape, the police showed up with some 40 heavily-armed police officers including tactical-response sharpshooters. Yet none of these police officers were ever under serious threat, said Thinus.  The cops claim otherwise, saying that ‘De Vries was shot when he fired at local police and tactical response team members after a lengthy standoff at his farmhouse. “

His relatives have hired a private investigator and also engaged the services of a private pathologist to establish exactly what did happen to him during the police shootout. He was buried in his hometown of Heidelberg on Saturday 29 January, writes the Tribune, whose journalists were present at the service. Thinus alleged during the commemorative service that the police had used a farm worker to lure De Vries out of his homestead – with promises that he would not be fired on.  The injuries indicate that he was shot in the back while ‘allegedly attempting to run back into his home’.

  • “Three shots were fired by (police sharpshooters in their hiding places)  from two different calibre guns. The second bullet hit his arm. As he stumbled into his house, his shotgun hanging at his side, a third bullet hit him in the neck and killed him,” Thinus was reported as saying at yesterday’s funeral service. He also said his brother had no trust or confidence in the Babanango police – and that he had an “arrangement” with the SAPS – as do many of the country’s besieged farmers — that they would not enter his property without his advance permission. 

Censorbugbear-reports will await the results of the private investigations and the private forensic report before publishing both sides of the story in as much detail as possible. For the rest of this article  one can also peruse http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/farmer-s-death-sows-questions-1.1018834

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

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