A 42-year-old farmer has been charged with murder of a farmworker more than 18 months after the decomposing remains were found in the Lutzville district.
Martin Visser, who appeared in the local magistrates’ court, has been charged with murder and assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm over the death of Adam Pieterse, 32.
Pieterse was a migrant from Prieska and worked seasonally in the Lutzville district.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority’s Eric Ntabazalila, Pieterse and Visser were known to each other. “The deceased once laid a case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm against the accused, but withdrew it,” said Ntabazalila.
Lutzville community activist Billy Claasen said: “The (Lutzville) police were very unhelpful and the station commander dropped the phone in my ear when I called him to check on the progress of the investigation. He didn’t want to look into the matter.”
Claasen said he made contact with the police’s provincial office and former acting deputy provincial commissioner Jeremy Vearey, who assigned a team of detectives to the case.
Visser was remanded in custody and his case was postponed to October 20.