Cape Town – His red, swollen eyes, bruised cheeks and battered body tell the story of a brutal assault during which he was allegedly defenceless.
After being assaulted, farmworker Johannes Baadjies, 47, was allegedly paid R400 to not tell the truth behind his scars.
But even though he feared for his life, Baadjies’s colleagues decided to be proactive in attempting to ensure justice. Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation chairperson Billy Classen received a call at the weekend from a concerned farmworker requesting him to do something to help.
Hours later an assault case was opened at the Lutzville police station and a man is expected to appear in court on Monday for the attack on Baadjies.
Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said a case of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm was opened at the weekend. “The investigation continues.”