Sarel du Plessis has appeared in court, facing murder and assault charges after he allegedly shot a teenager he suspected of stealing his litchis.
A farmer in Mpumalanga has handed himself over to the authorities after he allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Anele Ziko for “stealing litchis” from his farm in Nkomazi.
The incident is reported to have happened last week. Tonga District Police Spokesperson Magonseni Nkosi told The Citizen that a case of murder and grievous bodily harm had been opened up against the farmer, who has been named as Sarel du Plessis.
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Nkosi went on to explain how the fateful incident played out. Ziko was apparently at the farm with two of his friends – when they were discovered, du Plessis shot his victim in the back and managed to assault the other one, with the third child managing to escape:
“One of the children managed to run away but the other one was