The Glencoe Magistrates’ Court in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Thursday denied 68-year-old farmer Garth Simpson bail after he was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing 17-year-old Qiniso Dlamini.
The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said Simpson appeared in court on a charge of murder relating to Qiniso’s death last month.
“He also faces charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The matter was postponed to 26 November 2021 for further investigations,” Ramkisson-Kara said.
The minority rights group AfriForum, which is providing Simpson with legal assistance, has said that it will appeal the court’s decision to deny the farmer bail.
AfriForum’s head of policy and action Ernst Roets said: “We believe Mr. Simpson has a strong defence but it would appear that he has already been convicted by the public, therefore it is worrying that he has been denied bail. The fact that opportunistic politicians have already started to cause unrest around the issue is also extremely disappointing.”
AfriForum had previously announced that it will assist Simpson with legal aid because it is of the view “that there is political interference in this matter”.
The Mercury reported that Qiniso’s uncle, Doctor Ngcobo said his nephew had gone to fetch cows belonging to the family and some belonging to the community when he was locked inside the farm.
Qiniso was reportedly with seven other people at the time of his alleged fatal shooting. His family has called for justice to be served.
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