Case against farmer allegedly pointing firearm dismissed

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State withdraws charges against suspects involved in Riversdale crime

The case against Herman De Wet of TAU SA, KwaZulu-Natal arrested on charges of pointing a firearm has been dismissed. The neighbor of De Wet, Karen Strydom who was likewise arrested and charged even though she was not armed during the incident has also been dismissed.

De Wet responded to an incident when Karen and her husband were threatened and assaulted by between 30 to 40 black males on their farm Rorkesdrift, Dundee on Monday.

Apparently, Hennie Strydom noticed the group of blacks trying to take a tractor loaded with wood out of the gate. He stopped his vehicle and said he would call the police. The driver of the tractor said they are not waiting for the police and wanted to move Hennie’s vehicle. Three of the black males assaulted him.

His wife Karen witnessed the incident and tried to phone the police, and neighbors for assistance. Karen went toward her husband and within minutes, both were surrounded by the suspects.

De Wet arrived and saw his neighbors surrounded by between 30 to 40 blacks holding hammers and knobkerries. At this stage, he suspected that their lives were in danger. He warned the blacks that the police were on their way and removed his gun in an attempt to scare them off the farm.

A few dispersed and when the police arrived they were told to report to the station and make a statement. A Mr. Sithole, who lived on the neighboring farm, told the police that he was “just fetching his wood, from his farm.” Mr. Sithole accused the Strydom’s in February of stealing his farm.

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