Hunt for baboon trial witnesses

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The trial of Jewell Crossberg, the Limpopo farmer accused of shooting an employee whom he says he mistook for a baboon, has been postponed to allow the defence to search for more witnesses.

Judge Ronnie Boshielo yesterday in the Polokwane high court postponed the case to April 2 .

Crossberg, 52, is accused of murdering Jealous Dube, a Zimbabwean who worked for him on his farm in Musina, on June 21 2004. He said he had fired shots to scare baboons off the property.

Dube, 27, was with four other workers when the incident happened. He died instantly. His co-workers escaped unharmed.

The leader of Crossberg's defence team, advocate Jaap Cilliers, told the court that he needed to locate at least three more witnesses.

Sowetan understands that one of the witnesses being sought is the policeman who first investigated the shooting. He is reportedly investigating another case in Bloemfontein.

The other witnesses Cilliers is trying to bring to court are believed to be long-serving employees of Crossberg.

According to Sam Ngobeni, the prosecutor, Cilliers has demanded a typed record of court proceedings when the trial resumes "for easy reference."