KZN farmer Garth Simpson, charged with murder of Glencoe teen, to hear bail decision next week
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DURBAN –The bail application of KZN farmer Garth Simpson who is accused of murdering 17-year-old Qiniso Dlamini has been adjourned to next week Thursday for judgment.
Simpson, 68, appeared in the Glencoe Magistrate’s Court today for the continuation of his bail application.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said Simpson was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Qiniso Dlamini last month. Dlamini was shot on Simpson’s farm.
He also faces charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
Meanwhile, The Mercury’s sister publication, The Daily News, reported that civil rights organisation AfriForum, which is providing legal assistance to the farmer, said Simpson had a good defence and stood a chance of success in court.
The organisation said this during a media briefing on Thursday where it unpacked the reasons behind providing Simpson with legal assistance.
Last month, Dlamini’s family called for justice to be served.
His uncle, Doctor Ngcobo, said the youth had gone to fetch cows and had allegedly been locked inside the farm. He said the cows belonged to the family and some community members.
“He went there with seven others, but the farmer allegedly shot and killed him,” said Ngcobo.
Qiniso was a Grade 10 pupil at Sebenzakusakhanya High School in Sithembile township, Glencoe, and had wanted to become a lawyer.