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By unknown | Feb 06, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

A Limpopo farmer is in hot water following allegations that he assaulted two of his employees after chaining them to the roof of a storeroom.

The incident, which may be racially motivated, happened at Sweethome Lodge in Kaaldraai Makoppa in the Thabazimbi area on Monday morning.

It is alleged that the farmer confronted the two, a man and a woman, and accused them of stealing but he could not specify which items had been stolen.

The victims were identified as Lucky Mafoka, 31, and Morongwa Joyce Sekoba, 34.

Police spokesman, Senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo, said the farmer allegedly chained the pair to the storeroom roof and poured water over them.

He said the farmer apparently called in guards from a security company and claimed that the two had stolen goods from the storeroom.

The victims' hands were tightly chained and when they were rescued, their hands were swollen and it appeared they had gone through a lot of pain.

They were apparently left chained to the roof throughout the night.

"The guards from the security company rescued the victims and took them to the Thabazimbi police station," Mojapelo said.

Mojapelo said the farmer, who cannot be named until he appears in court today, was arrested at the police station when he came in to open a case of theft against Mafoka and Sekoba.

"We started looking for him on Monday and his wife told us he was in Rustenburg. We went again yesterday but still could not find him. It was only when he came to the station to lay charges against his employees that we were able to arrest him," he said.

Mojapelo said the farmer was still in custody.

He said the farmer was facing two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

"I have not seen this kind of brutality in a long time. We just hope the law will take its course in this matter," said Mojapelo.

He said they were investigating to determine whether the attack was racially motivated or not.

Three years ago, a farmer shot dead 10-year-old Sello Pete in the area after claiming he had mistaken him for a rabid dog.

The farmer, Marcel Nel, escaped scot-free after being given a suspended sentence.


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