Violent protest for girl ‘assaulted’ by farmers
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 14, 2017
A protest has turned violent outside of the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court where two farmers have been granted bail after being accused of tying up and assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
It is understood that Johannes Potgieter (33) and Hendricks Dumas (48) denied the accusations in court in October.
Protesters are reported to have thrown stones and bottles at the police on Tuesday.
According to News24, police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to restore order among the angry protesters.
Several protesters have been arrested, reports News24.
Pretoria News reports that according to the girl, four of them had been chasing their dog which happened to run into a farm.
Potgieter and Dumas allegedly chased the girls.
While the other three managed to escape, the one who was caught was allegedly tied to a tree, assaulted and shot at, reports Pretoria News.
In her statement to the police, the girl said: “While we were looking for our dogs, we saw white males. We then decided to hide in the trees, but the white males approached us. I ran; that’s when I fell and I saw one of the man carrying a big gun. He reached out and grabbed my arm.
“And then the man slapped me with an open hand I fell to the ground. He then ordered me to jump the fence to go to the tree near the house. He then slapped me again with an open hand.”
Pretoria News further reports that the protesters, most of which are members of the EFF and ANC, maintain that the incident was a racial issue.
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