Els’ injuries included a fractured skull and burns as well as extensive injuries to his face where he was hit with a pipe and kicked
THE PIET Els murder case will be heard in the Northern Cape High Court next year.
The three men charged with the murder of prominent Kimberley businessman Els, who died in hospital following a brutal attack on his farm outside Kimberley earlier this year, yesterday appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court, where it was heard that the case will be transferred to the Northern Cape High Court for trial next year.
The three accused, Morapedi Rankali, Motlalentwe Qhautse and Thuso Ramolo, are charged with murder, rape and housebreaking with the intent to rob following an incident that occurred on Els’ farm, Carter’s Ridge, on January 23 this year, when Els and his 67-year-old partner were viciously attacked and tortured by suspects who forced their way into Els’ farmhouse, situated on Schmidtsdrift Road just outside of Kimberley.
Charges against a fourth accused, Itumeleng Setlhabi, have been withdrawn.
On the day of the incident the suspects fled the scene in Els’ white Mercedes-Benz after allegedly stealing firearms, jewellery, cash and cellphones.
The car was later found abandoned next to the R31 road to Barkly West.
They also allegedly assaulted and tortured Els and his partner by, among other things, burning them with a clothes iron and beating them with steel pipes.
Els’ injuries included a fractured skull and burns as well as extensive injuries to his face where he was hit with a pipe and kicked.
Els was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Mediclinic Gariep after the incident, where he died on May 15, almost four months after the attack, as a result of the injuries he sustained during the attack.
State prosecutor, Elmar Steyn, yesterday indicated that the case will be transferred for trial to the Northern Cape High Court.
Magistrate Danie Schneider yesterday postponed the matter to January 2019 for the allocation of a high court date, as well as for the final indictment to be drafted.