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    Farmer faces court for pointing a firearm at the police

    A farmer faces charges of pointing a firearm at police officers in the North West after he was questioned about his unbranded cattle.

    Matthys Michiel Pienaar, 35, appeared before the Molopo Magistrate’s Court on Friday. He faces additional charges of crimen injuria, intimidation and resisting arrest.

    FARMER FOUND AFTER CATTLE AUCTION

    Following a cattle auction held at Buhrmansdrift near Ottoshoop in the North West last Thursday, police held an operation to ensure compliance with the Animal Identification Act, said police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh.

    ALSO READ: Limpopo farmer gets bail after shooting black couple he ‘mistook’ for hippos

    The operation was conducted by the Ngaka Modiri Molema Stock Theft Stabilisation Task Team, which ensures such compliance, Myburgh said.

    “During the operation, Pienaar became aggressive when questioned by the police about his five cattle, which were allegedly not brand marked.”

    Colonel Adéle Myburgh

    Instead, Pienaar allegedly took out his firearm and pointed it at the police. He then got into his car and fled.

    “The police then followed him, overpowered, disarmed and arrested him,” said Myburgh.

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    Police have arrested a farmer for pointing a firearm at them in the North West. PHOTO: Flickr

    COURT GRANTS PIENAAR BAIL

    He appeared before court on Friday and was granted R1000 bail. He is expected to reappear before the same court on 4 August.

    “The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, congratulated the members for their bravery and warned that no amount of intimidation will deter the police from carrying out their responsibilities,” said Myburgh.

    Meanwhile, a farmer in Cramond, Pietermaritzburg, has been found guilty of attempted murder and murder by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg last month.

    Edward Philip Solomon, 69, was found guilty of an altercation that occurred on his farm in 2017.

    Solomon fired a shot into the grave during a funeral on the farm. He ordered that the family put a stop to the burial and that everyone must leave.

    After being confronted by Mothi Jeffrey Ngubane about the gunshot, Solomon shot him three times.

    ALSO READ: Edward Solomon: Farmer found guilty of murder for 2017 funeral shooting

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