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Cape Town - Flippie Engelbrecht’s supporters shouted at Wilhelm Treurnicht’s friends and family as they left court in Worcester on Monday morning.
Outside protesters danced, holding up signs saying “Johnny B Violent”.
Moments earlier, Treurnicht, the Rietvallei farm manager charged with assaulting Engelbrecht in 2008 - allegedly leaving the farm worker’s son, then 15, blind and suffering from epilepsy - appeared in court.
The case had been moved to Worcester Regional Court from Ashton Magistrate’s Court, with the National Prosecuting Authority citing security reasons.
A previous court appearance had seen police use a smoke grenade to disperse a crowd of protesters as Treurnicht and his co-accused, wine estate owner Johnny Burger, entered.
Burger later committed suicide, leaving Treurnicht alone in the dock today. The farm manager, dressed in a cream jacket and khaki pants, stood passively in the dock.
The case was postponed until December 4 and 5.
While his appearance was over in just under five minutes, outside the farm manager was hounded by protesters wearing “hands off Flippie” T-shirts.
As the farm manager drove away, his car was flanked by friends and family to protect it from protesters.