- A 63-year-old Hartswater farmer has handed himself over to police after he allegedly drove over an EFF member with his bakkie
- Shimmy Mosienyane, a deputy secretary of the EFF in the region, claims the farmer used the k-word on him before driving over him
- Mosienyane is expected to undergo surgery in Kimberly on Thursday after his spinal cord was severed in the incident
A 63-year-old Hartswater farmer who allegedly drove over an EFF member in an apparent racially motivated attack has handed himself over to police. Shimmy Mosienyane, a deputy secretary of the EFF in the region, claims the farmer used the k-word on him before driving over him.
Mosienyane is expected to undergo surgery in the Kimberly Hospital on Thursday after his spinal cord was severed in the incident.
Police confirmed that the farmer handed himself over to police custody on Monday morning after a manhunt was launched following the incident which took place on Friday. Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, confirmed the farmer faced charges of attempted murder.
Briefly.co.za gathered that at the time of the incident, Mosienyane was taking part in a service delivery protest in the region. He and other protestors ran into a field when police started firing stun grenades and rubber bullets.
“Together with a friend, I was running away from the police and we were heading for the location. We saw a bridge on the farm and decided to use the bridge as we thought it would be quicker,” Mosienyane said.
He said he and his friend noted a bakkie speeding towards them, but assumed the vehicle would pass by.
“Instead, the driver stopped the bakkie in front of us and a farmer got out. Using the K-word and shouting at us, the farmer asked what we were doing on the farm. We told him that we were running from the police. As he got back into the bakkie, he again used the K-word and ordered us off the farm,” Mosienyane said.
Mosienyane says at this point he and his friend split up, the farmer allegedly chased after him. He says he managed to jump out of the way of the bakkie twice, but on the third attempt, the farmer hit him.
He said while he was lying on the ground the farmer got out and threatened to kill him, before using the k-word again.
Mosienyane recalls: “The farmer got out and said he would kill me, again using the K-word. I told the farmer to phone for an ambulance because I couldn’t feel my feet. He told me to call my people, stating that they were standing there, watching me. I lifted my head and could see a group of people quite far away. They had seen what had happened and were shouting at the farmer.”
An ambulance was eventually dispatched to the scene and transported Mosienyane to the hospital.
The EFF has vowed to mobilise its members to fill the courtroom when the farmer makes his appearance. EFF ward councillor Frances Thulo said: “We cannot allow people to carry on as though we are still living in apartheid times. This man must be charged for what he has done. We will support our fighter by filling the court to capacity and we urge the community to join us in this fight.”
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