Potgieter farm massacre: trial March 22
2 March 2011 Leave a comment
March 2, 2011. LINDLEY, FS. Volksblad was able to publish all six names of the black murder suspects accused of slaughtering the three-member Potgieter family on December 1 2010 on their farm Tweefontein outside Lindley. One previously unidentified youth, arrested with five adults, turned 18 in the youth-detention centre at Kroonstad and was moved to the adult section on his birthday on 17 February, the Lindley Court was told yesterday at their latest appearance.
In the dock yesterday were Tshololo Tello Mischach Letala (18), Tapa Mopontola Mofokeng (23), Paulus Samson Vusimuzi Khumalo (22), Telleko Sex Seekoei (19) , Stemmer Boy Mofokeng (22) and Diphapang Motaung, 18, whose name was identified yesterday. It is believed that three of these men, namely Khumalo and the two Mofokengs were farm-workers who had been paid R500 each to help carry out the massacre of their employers. The six remain in custody.
They were ordered to appear on 22 March in the same court to plead to the murder-charges. The 18-year-old, named Diphapang Motaung, is also suspected of being the ‘youth’ who allegedly executed two-year-old Wilmien Potgieter by picking her up by her hair and firing a bullet through her skull – and then dumping the baby on top of the body of her mother Wilna, 36, also killed moments before with a headshot.
Some crime-experts believe that the execution of the Boer child was committed as a ‘gang-initiation” for Motaung. The SAPS however claims it was just a plain, ordinary murder/robbery incident. However even the country’s deputy-agriculture Minister Dr Pieter Mulder didn’t believe the cops: he demonstrated outside the court-room in December, and angrily told the news-media that the massacre was racially-motivated.
Yesterday, the six accused black males were ordered to appear in Lindley court on 22 March to be formally charged with the murders of farmer Attie Potgieter (40) who was hacked to death with pangas, his wife Wilna (36), and daughter Wilmien (2) of the farm Tweefontein. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Sesde-verdagte-se-naam-bekend-20110301
Suspects hailed as heroes by dancing ANC-demonstrators:
At their previous bail-application hearings, all six murder-suspects were hailed as heroes by a large black crowd of young black males who ran after their prison-bus, chanting and cheering– gone largely unnoticed by the large press-contingent present last time. What they were focusing their cameras on instead, were a handful of obese, cheerfully singing and dancing members of the ANC-women’s league, who also submitted a petition to the court, demanding that bail not be granted to child-murderers.
Much media interest in December: very little yesterday:
Unusually for farm murders, this case has drawn a great deal of international and national attention – which goes some way to explain the puzzling presence of the propaganda-team from the ANC Women’s League, demonstrating against black farm-attackers for a change….
The Boer protestors had to be kept apart by the police to protect them from the frantically-screaming, dancing and abusive black demonstrators. Previously, there were angry scenes outside the court-room, with the country’s furious deputy-agriculture minister Dr Pieter Mulder standing amongst Afrikaans demonstrators, commenting that the triple-murders were racially-motivated. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2010/12/potgieter-family-massacre-suspects_14.html
However yesterday’s appearance at the Lindley magistrate’s court did not elicit the same media-interest as the ones in December 2010: the Afrikaans journalist was present. The international and national news media have apparently already moved on to more interesting cases. .
Five of the six suspects of the Potgieter family massacre in the dock: from ltr: Tshololo Tello Mischach Letala (18), Tapa Mopontola Mofokeng (23), Paulus Samson Vusimuzi Khumalo (22), Telleko Sex Seekoei (19) and Stemmer Boy Mofokeng (22) . Not on the picture is the sixth co-accused Diphapang Motaung, 18 – who is suspected of shooting little Wilmien Potgieter through the head execution-style. Khumalo and the two Mofokengs worked on the Potgieter farm Tweefontein: previously it was reported by Beeld that these two farm workers had been paid R500 in cash to help the others murder the unarmed Boer family. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Willemientjie-Hier-is-die-verdagtes-20101206