One of the men was shot and wounded allegedly by the owner of the farm, and the second one was severely assaulted on the scene before police arrived, said Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko. “Upon arrival at the scene they [police officers] found two Zimbabwean suspects who were held by the community members. According to the information received, the farm owner alleges that he was contacted by his night watch and was informed that there were two people who were busy stealing cables at his farm.”
The farmer rushed to the scene and found the men allegedly stealing cables and he fired two warning shots on the ground, forcing them to jump into the dam, Moleko said.
“When he examined them he realised that one was shot on his left thigh. It is alleged that one suspect was beaten and is in a critical condition at Brits Hospital.” Moleko said the two men, aged 31, were arrested and charged with theft and were under police guard in hospital.
She said police were also investigating a charge of attempted murder after the farmer allegedly shot and wounded one of the men.
“The attempted murder case is still under investigation and no one has been arrested yet.”