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

Farm MURDER: Dundee farmer Garth Simpson denied bail

Afriforum will assist farmer Garth Simpson to appeal the court’s decision to deny him bail for the alleged murder of Quiniso Dlamini.

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

Civil rights organisation, AfriForum will appeal against the Glencoe Magistrate’s Court’s decision to deny bail to Garth Simpson, the Dundee farmer who allegedly shot and killed a teenager on his property.

Simpson is facing a charge of murder after allegedly shooting 17-year-old Quiniso Dlamini on his farm a few weeks ago. He is also facing a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

AfriForum previously announced that it would assist Simpson with legal aid because alleging that there had been political interference in the matter.

AfriForum appointed criminal law expert Dr Llewelyn Curlewis to investigate the matter and make recommendations to AfriForum regarding the allegations against the farmer. According to Curlewis, Simpson’s version is, from a purely legal principle, a full-fledged defence against the charge(s).

Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s Head of Policy and Action earlier said that the organisation had become involved in the case because there were “bigger issues at stake” that do not only affect the accused, but also the broader community. 

“We believe Mr Simpson has a strong defence but it would appear that he has already been convicted by the public, therefore it is worrying that he has been denied bail. The fact that opportunistic politicians have already started to cause unrest around the issue is also extremely disappointing,” Roets said.

Roets had described the incident allegedly involving the farmer 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, the teenager who the farmer allegedly shot, was a Grade 10 pupil at Sebenzakusakhanya High School in Sithembile township, Glencoe, and had wanted to become a lawyer.