BRITS, November 7 – A farmer’s son accused of the murder of Tebogo Ndlovu and attempted murder of two others appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The case against Matthew Benson, 24, was postponed to December 14, for investigation. He was remanded in custody because he was denied bail on September 29.
The state alleges Benson fired shots at Ndlovu, 24, and his friends on August 2, after the trio from Majakananeng near Brits went to the Mooinooi farm intending to steal scrap metal.
He allegedly spotted them, chased after them and fired shots at them, hitting Ndlovu. His friends attempted to carry him while fleeing from Benson but he was too heavy for them and they left him behind under a tree. He has not been seen since August 2. His friends escaped unharmed.
Majakaneng residents waged a violent protest in which at least five vehicles were torched and major roads linking Rustenburg and Pretoria blocked, demanding the body of Ndlovu and the arrest of the farmer.
North West police had offered a R100,000 reward to information that may lead to successful tracing of Ndlovu.
Family member Nancy Sekgobela said all the family wanted was Ndlovu’s bones and his clothes.
“He is being missing for a long time…” she said outside court.
She explained that Ndlovu knew Benson very well as they always went to his father’s farm and Benson also frequented Majakaneng in the company of Ndlovu and the other two friends.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the North West has called on residents to come forward with information relating to case they reported to the police and if they were not dealt with satisfactorily or if there were similar unreported cases to Ndlovu.