The civil rights organisation AfriForum says developments in the Brendin Horner case are very concerning for several reasons.
The two accused were also today found guilty of the theft of two sheep after murder charges against them were dropped.
Jacques Broodryk, AfriForum’s Manager of Campaigns, says information about police involvement in stock theft syndicates in the Free State have been doing the rounds for a long time. If you take that into consideration, it is shocking that it apparently took the police a year to realise that the DNA found at the scene does not match that of the accused, especially after one of the accused had already admitted to being involved in the murder.
“The fact that Boy Khambule, the state witness in the case, has now changed his testimony could certainly create the impression that someone is interfering with the case.”
These new developments again confirm AfriForum’s stance that farm attacks need to be categorised as a priority crime, so that cases can be investigated thoroughly without interference.
AfriForum has appointed a legal representative to attend the court proceedings and consequently ensure that it is done by the book.
According to Broodryk, Horner and the thousands of other victims of farm murders and farm attacks deserve justice and should AfriForum suspect that interference by the authorities or incompetence has affected this trial, the organisation will certainly consider private prosecution.