Elderly man assaults job-seeker

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Roossenekal - A 74-year-old Limpopo man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man in Roossenekal, Groblersdal, police said on Saturday.

Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi said the man was taken into custody on Friday after he allegedly assaulted one of two men who allegedly went to his house looking for work last Monday.

He was released on R500 bail.

Petrus Lazarus Kunz is expected to appear in the Middleburg Magistrate's Court on Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

“He suspected that they were going to rob him when he set dogs on them, and followed them with a quad bike,” said Mulaudzi.

The men fled and one of them, 19-year-old Lazarus Masilela, was hit by a rifle butt on the head. He fell and he was run over by the quad bike. His friend, Nicholas Tshehla, 25, was not hurt.

Mulaudzi said Kunz met a police officer on the road and stopped him. He told the police officer about the incident and Masilela and Tshehla were traced.

“ 1/8The 3/8 station commander met them on the road, they even stopped the police car asking for help for the injured one to be taken to clinic.”

He said they were taken back to the scene and later to the police station.

Kunz was asked to open a trespassing case but he refused.

“We even recorded him when he refused to open the case,” Mulaudzi said.

Masilela and Tshehla were then investigated for any involvement in the crime and when nothing was found they were released.

Mulaudzi said Kunz went to another police station in the area on Thursday alleging that he was not helped at the Roossenekal police station.

A detective and that station's commander went to the Roossenekal police station, where officers explained that Kunz refused to open the case when he was asked to.

The case was referred to Roossenekal police station where it was opened.

On Thursday, the police searched for and found Masilela and Tshehla.

They were arrested and released on a warning. They would appear in the Laersdrift Periodical Court on January 31.

On Friday, they two went back to police station and opened an assault case against Kunz who was taken into custody. - Sapa


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