Groblersdal duo on trial for assaulting employee denied bail

Groblersdal duo on trial for assaulting employee denied bail

Two Groblersdal men accused of assaulting an employee and setting their dog on him have been denied bail.

Court postpones case against Groblersdal duo accused of assaulting employee

Pieter Groenewald (63) and his 27-year-old son Stephan Greef appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning for judgment in their bail application.

The two allegedly assaulted an employee they suspected to be drunk during work hours. 

During their first court appearance last month, supporters of Groenewald clashed with the police outside the court, demanding their release.

Police fired stun grades to disperse the protesters, some of whom were seen waving the old South African flag.

Limpopo NPA spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi welcomed the judgment, saying the court argued that there is a likelihood of the suspects interfering with a state witness.

“We welcome this bail judgment because we were opposing the case from the start. We know now that there is another case which has been mooted because of this matter and the people are going to appear on Thursday. They’ve already arrested four people.

“The court has mentioned that there is a likelihood for the applicant to interfere with the state witness, as he got the details of when the complainant was taken with their vehicle to Middleburg and was brought back here to Groblersdal. The complainant was instructed but the people was unknown to him to go and report it to the police officers.”


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