On 19 August 2020, 37-year-old Teboho Machakela was shot in the head and robbed of R5000 at the shop on his farm near Odendaalsrus in the Free State. His father Serame Machakela says one of the attackers threatened to kill his son just days before.

“We even opened a case of assault against him. I still remember that day vividly. I was visiting Teboho on the farm. The man came storming towards Teboho aggressively and accused him of killing his father. I was so confused. When we were leaving, he was waiting for us at the farm gate and then proceeded to swear at Teboho.”

The heartbroken father still remembers the chilling words from the man he suspects killed his son.

“I heard him very clearly. He simply said, ‘Teboho, I am going to kill you!’

Days later my son was attacked, and today my only son is no more.”

Teboho Machakela succumbed to his head injuries on Monday 02 November 2020.

Piet Mothepu, the acting chairperson of The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) in the Free State, said, “I got this news very late yesterday. I started to share it (widely) because he was such an instrumental figure in the black farming community. He was an academic, who would go out of his way to help those in need.”

He remembers Machakela as a successful and driven young man who loved Bonsmara cattle and also owned a ChesaYyama and a tavern.

“He was very busy, that young man. Innovative, ambitious.”

Piet Mothepu says, “From AFASA’s side we are very, very disappointed that he was killed. That guy was very influential. When you are a black victim of crime, you die. You become a statistic, you are just another number whether you are in the township or the farm. They won’t even treat you as a priority.”

No arrests have been made.

SOURCE: Food for Mzanzi

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