By Staff Reporter
RIERSPRUIT PLOT-A 77-year-old farm owner was released on R1000 bail for allegedly firing on a couple he mistook for a Hippopotamus. The woman is receiving treatment for her injury.
It is alleged that Paul Hendricks Stephanus Van Zyl shot a 38-year-old woman on her left arm on Tuesday afternoon at Mogol River. Waterberg District.
Van Zyl, who faces an attempted murder charge, said he mistook the victim for a hippopotamus when he repeatedly shot at her and her partner at the river next to Rietspruit Plot.
The two were fishing when a first shot was fired and missed them. The second shot hit the woman on her left arm.
Protesters are accusing police of not doing their job, resulting in the suspect getting a R1000 bail.
Picture Credit: Waterberg Fm
Members of the EFF are protesting outside Lephalale Magistrate court a
EFF Member of the Central Command Team and Member of Parliament Jeanet Komane said they are disappointed with today’s outcome.
“We didn’t expect things to go this way. We believe the investigating officer didn’t do his work to start with. The fact that he went to court and didn’t oppose the bail application on the grounds that he knows the residence of the accused and that he is old does not show efforts to have justice. The accused is a threat to the community and should not have got bail.”; she said.
They claim Van Zyl should have remained in custody until formal bail application on any other day, except today, Thursday.
The case has been postponed to 18 May 2022.