Paarl farmers charged with murder of suspected thief granted bail

Written by on 8 Dec 2021

FARMWORKERS’ rights activists have reacted with dismay after two Paarl farmers who allegedly shot and killed a man suspected to have stolen from them, were granted bail. Farmers IT Basaon and John Woeste appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on Monday over the murder of Chatwell Rogers, who was allegedly shot in the back while running away. National Prosecuting Authority

spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said they were granted bail of R5000 each. Their case was postponed to January 26 for further investigation and a regional court decision. Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry (Bawsi) president Nosey Pieterse said this was not the first time that farmworkers and people had died at the hands of farmers. “But farmers are the first to run and pressure the government with their so-called farm killings. The question I always raise is how many people have died at the hands of

those farmers? “They get R5 000 bail for the murder of a person who was not a threat because the deceased was shot in

the back “If that were people of colour, they would not have seen the outside of the cell again until they had been sentenced,” he said. For the accused, lawyer William Booth said Rogers had been with a group of people who had allegedly been stealing produce from all the farms in that area.

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