Two brothers shot dead during an argument with farm owner


Farm murder in Piet Retief

Two brothers were shot dead at the Bampoen farm in Piet Retief Mpumalanga on Friday last week whilst they were allegedly looking for jobs.

It is alleged that siblings Mcini Coka and Zenzele Coka were shot in cold blood during a heated argument with the farm owner.

Police made arrests and the four accused suspects are expected to appear in court today (Monday 12 April). South African Police Service confirmed that the suspects are aged between 23 and 53 years of age.

According to wittiness and the brother of the deceased, Mcini and Zenzele had gone to rescue another farm dweller who was being assaulted by the farm owner and his associates.

In a media statement by an ANC member Ms Zodwa Manyathi who attended the mass protest at the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court said the farm owner has a history clashing farm dwellers. It is alleged that he poisoned livestock belonging to the farm dwellers.

“It is not the first time the farm owner has treated people badly. Last year in June he poisoned about 14 cattle”. Said Manyathi

At this stage we can only wait for the court proceedings of the accused.