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Who fed our brother to crocodiles?

By Frank Maponya | Apr 18, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 91 ]

A DISTRAUGHT woman has told of her pain after her farm-worker brother disappeared more than a week ago - and is believed to have been eaten by crocodiles in the Lepelle river.

His employer told Esther Lubisi and the police that her brother, David "Dayk" Lubisi, was last seen walking into a crocodile-infested river.

Police are investigating the mysterious circumstances under which Lubisi disappeared.

The employer told police that a neighbouring farmer had reported seeing a crocodile with a human leg protruding from its mouth in the river formerly known as Olifants river last Monday.

He further told them that Lubisi was drunk when the incident happened on the evening of Thursday, April 7.

But Esther says it is "impossible" because Lubisi did not drink alcohol at all He was a member of the Zion Christian Church and adhered to the church's doctrine.

"I think the police must look at this very closely. My brother was a sober man. I insist that he did not drink alcohol."

Lubisi, 40, of Tsuvulani village near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanaga, had worked on the farm outside Phalaborwa for just more than five years.

"I think my brother was killed and fed to crocodiles, or just thrown into the river," Lubisi said. "I have asked police to be thorough with their investigation.

"There are many unanswered questions. His employer did not immediately come to us or send one of the other employees to come and tell us about the incident.

"We only got to know about it when police came to the family two days later."

Jesper Kehlet, owner of Balule River Camp, said he had gathered from his employees that Lubisi had thrown himself into the river.

He said Lubisi had drunk alcohol on two previous occasions.

But Kehlet contradicted himself when he said he would "immediately" fire any employee found drinking at work.

The farmer claimed he was in the office when Lubisi, allegedly one of his trusted workers, went into the river.

Kehlet, a Danish national, said he phoned the Phala-borwa police as soon as he was notified of Lubisi's disappearance.

Phalaborwa police commander Colonel Masilo Selepe confirmed that he went to the scene shortly after receiving a call from the farm on April 7, but he would not specifically say who the call came from.

"We are currently investigating the circumstances that led to the disappearance of a man in a river," Selepe said yesterday.

Lizah Lekhuleni, a ward councillor in the Bushbuckridge municipality, called on the government to tighten laws to stop the murder of farmworkers "because the practice is becoming prevalent".

Lekhuleni said the municipality would support the family of Lubisi until the truth came out.

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Sinudeity,

Its sad when people are so lazy that they compartmentalise everything and everyone. You'd think that after 17 years we would have realised that people are individuals and not one 'type'.

Apr 18, 2011 10:57 | 0 replies

TupacAmaru - That is one case to compare to. There are almost 3000x more murder cases of black-on-white violence to compare to.

Accordingly, white people should hate black peolple far more?

Apr 18, 2011 12:19 | 0 replies

Here we go, it is being reported in the media in England that this man committed suicide. He told a friend he was having trouble with his girlfriend and he wanted to commit suicide by walking into the river. His friend also confirmed that he was drunk.

A police spokesman told the media he was aware a claim had been made that he was pushed into the river but they had no information to back this up.

So the truth is slowly coming out, I am sure there is more to come. I really wonder what the agenda of the Sowetan is, they must have the same information as everyone else why do they leave half of it out?

Once again whites have been blamed and once again no white person had anything to do with this incident. Obviously none of the savage racists will be apologisin for blaming whites.

Apr 18, 2011 12:32 | 0 replies

here we go again whites killing farm workers and he will not go to jail bcoz just like the lion case they will he might have died bfore being thrown in the water.

Apr 18, 2011 12:35 | 0 replies

TupacAmaru / GString - Ah, so you guys have already assumed that the farmer did it.

Apr 18, 2011 12:36 | 0 replies

Wena Sinudeity - you talking crap man---you talking 3000 black-on-white violence. That's bullshit and cunt poophole!!! White ppl have murdered a millions of black ppl on so not "once case to compare to" basis. Don't come with white tendency here - you know white still need to repay the blood of our fallen brothers, and this will still continue till you and I suffer from same hatred.

Apr 18, 2011 12:39 | 0 replies

By the way, are we expected to take anything dished from England without a pinch of salt or as the gospel truth?

Apr 18, 2011 12:43 | 0 replies

@GString, according to the TRC blacks have killed more whites than whites killed blacks during apartheid.

Remember in 1900 there were less than 1 million blacks in South Africa and in 1994 there were about 36 million. So if whites were killing blacks they were not very good at it.

Actually they were very good at keeping them alive, in 1994 the life expectancy of a black person in South Africa was 79 years and now in 2011 after 17 years ANC rule it is 53 years.

Forget about whites the ANC IS KILLING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Apr 18, 2011 12:44 | 0 replies

GString - White people murdered millions of black people?

The official stats said that apartheid government killed 7,000 black people.

Apr 18, 2011 12:45 | 0 replies

GString - 3,000 farm murders (exluding other black-on-white murders), according to police stats.

Dumb@ss.

Apr 18, 2011 12:55 | 0 replies

@GString
Whites can do anything!!!

Apr 18, 2011 12:16 | 0 replies