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A FARMER who went into hiding after he allegedly shot and injured a farmworker he suspected of stealing bananas from his farm in Levubu has handed himself over to the cops.
Inspector Solly Mokhola said the suspect, 65, was accompanied by a lawyer to the Makhado magistrate's court where he applied for bail.
Mokhola said yesterday that the 19-year-old worker was walking with a friend towards their place of work in Levubu on Wednesday when they were allegedly shot at.
The victim told police the farmer accused them of stealing bananas from his farm and started shooting at them.
He was hit but his friend escaped.
The farmer allegedly went into hiding after the shooting.
Shirami Shirinda of the Nkuzi Development Association said cases of farmers shooting at farmworkers were not new in the province.
"This is not a surprise. Farmworkers are shot at regularly but in most cases farmers are not prosecuted.
"Police must investigate this shooting thoroughly. In most cases, victims are not included in the investigation, nor are they involved in the court case that follows," said Shirinda.
Police confirmed that they had launched an investigation. They said the farmer would be charged with attempted murder.