The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that it was a security officer – not a farmer – who shot and killed a man on a tractor on Saturday, 6 January near the Matshelapad informal settlement.
The incident was blown out of proportion on social media when a post stated that a white farmer had shot a black farm worker.
Tarlton Police officers were on scene, and Constable Lucky Matome, their spokesperson subsequently released a statement making it clear that the worker was suspected of having stolen the tractor and that the security officer tried to stop him.
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“The 43-year-old worker was allegedly travelling on the tractor from his place of employment to his place of residence at Matshelapad when he was followed by the security officer,” said Matome.
“He allegedly stole the tractor and was followed to Matshelapad were he was shot by the security officer. He suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his head.”
The shooting took place at an open field near Matshelapad. The police were summoned to the scene and on their arrival they found the situation to be tense as the members of the community were attacking the security officer. The vehicle belonging to the security officer was badly damaged, but he escaped unharmed.
Some who commented on the social media post said the man was only going to buy lunch when he was shot at about 10.15am, although many questioned why the man left work so early to go on his lunch break.
Another question is why he drove the tractor on the N14. The photo on the social media post ‘linking’ the farmer to the murder clearly shows a man wearing a security company shirt.
Many other mainstream news agencies had conflicting reports. Even Provincial Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela stated that it was the owner of the tractor (who was also a farmer) who shot the man.
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Makhubela could not be reached for comment.
It’s believed the Gauteng MEC of Safety and Security will visit the Tarlton Police Station today, 9 January to clarify any misconceptions about the incident and to calm angry residents.
The security officer appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 8 January. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Monday, 15 January when his bail application is expected to be heard.
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