2006-09-11 : Findings show farmer shot in head

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2006-09-11 : Findings show farmer shot in head

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2006-09-13 15:02


Findings show farmer shot in head

Second postmortem reveals full extent of foul play in murder


THE second postmortem on the body of a Fort Beaufort farmer, who died four months ago after he was allegedly gunned down by police on his farm, has confirmed his cause of death as a bullet wound to the head.

This contradicts the findings of an earlier postmortem, which claimed that Shadrack Vusumzi Nkuzo had died in a car accident.

The second postmortem was performed on Friday by an independent pathologist who was flown from Durban to do the tests in Grahamstown. His body was exhumed earlier that morning.

This followed objections from both his family and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), who both disputed and refused to accept the first results.

Although the ICD refused to make public the official postmortem results on Friday, family members including Nkuzo’s widow Nomakhosi Nkuzo and his brother Xolani Nkuzo, told the Daily Dispatch that an ICD official had told them that a bullet was found inside the farmer’s head.

The first postmortem claimed that the farmer had broken ribs, legs and had suffered multiple internal injuries, hence the death.

“We are now happy with the results of today’s postmortem,” said Nomakhosi Nkuzo, before adding that she still had a lot of unanswered questions about what happened that night.

Nkuzo, who used to own a smallholding in Fort Beaufort, was allegedly shot dead at his Hillcrest farm in Seymour by a group of about 10 heavily armed policemen.

The police claimed that they had gone there to look for a suspect who was hiding on his farm.

Although he died from a single wound to the head after a bullet entered from the back and exited at the front of his head, more than 40 cartridges from R4 rifles were found at the scene. There were bullet holes all over the farmhouse and on the roof.

Earlier on Friday morning, about 400 people, including members of the Nkuzo family, from as far as Gauteng, Western Cape and the Transkei watched in disbelief as Nkuzo’s body was exhumed before it was taken to Grahamstown for the tests.

Family members, including his three-year-old daughter, broke down and cried uncontrollably as the casket was lifted out of the grave before it was driven to Grahamstown for the postmortem.

The body was reburied at about 3pm that day.

A King William’s Town-based ICD investigator and a photographer watched the proceedings carefully.

Health Department spokesperson Mzukisi Ndara said they would investigate the matter, since the district surgeon who performed the first postmortem was employed by the state.

ICD national spokesperson Moses Dlamini said an official report would be made available this week.
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