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Criminal law expert, Dr Llewelyn Curlewis will investigate the farm murder.

Farm MURDER: AfriForum gives farmer Garth Simpson legal help

Civil rights organisation AfriForum believes there are ‘bigger issues at stake’ in the trial of farmer Garth Simpson.

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Criminal law expert, Dr Llewelyn Curlewis will investigate the farm murder.

Civil rights organisation AfriForum has announced that it will assist Dundee farmer Garth Simpson with legal assistance to face a murder charge for a shooting a teenager on his farm last month.

Simpson, 68 appeared in the Glencoe Magistrate’s Court for his bail application this week after he was charge for the murder of 17-year-old Qiniso Dlamini. Dlamini was shot on Simpson’s farm. His bail hearing was postponed to next Thursday for judgment.

AfriFourm announced at a media briefing this week that the organisation had become involved in the case because it appeared that Simpson had “displayed a good defence and he will possibly be successful in his defence provided that he has excellent legal representation during the hearing and that he does not fall victim to now cliched political and racial based accusations”.

AfriForum said it had instructed its attorneys, Hurter Spies Inc, in this regard and an advocate had already been appointed to assist Simpson.

The civil rights organisation said that it had also appointed criminal law expert, Dr Llewelyn Curlewis, to investigate the case and to make recommendations. Curlewis said that from a legal point of view, Simpson’s version would have a “full-fledged defence against the charge(s) if it is accepted by the court”. He said it was also “unequivocally substantiated” by cell phone video evidence.

 Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s head of Policy and Action, said that as a rule AfriForum did not usually get involved in individual cases. However, the organisation had become involved in this case because there were “bigger issues at stake” that do not only affect the accused, but also the broader community. 

Roets described the incident as tragic saying that the case should be thoroughly investigated so that justice prevails. 

“It is a fact that several national concerns are playing out on this issue. Farmers and people in rural areas are confronted daily with the reality of farm murders, land grabs, threats of expropriation, increasing crime rates and an inefficient police service. In these circumstances, it is inevitable that tragic incidents like this will take place on farms,” Roets said.

Qiniso was a Grade 10 pupil at Sebenzakusakhanya High School in Sithembile township, Glencoe, and had wanted to become a lawyer.