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Uitenhage farmer who killed roaming cattle released on a warning

MAY 10, 2017
Uitenhage farmer who killed roaming cattle released on a warning

Uitenhage farmer, Carlo Andries Voigt, will be back in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court in July after he was released by the court on a warning to allow for further investigation.

The 37-year-old farmer made a brief appearance in the court on Wednesday following his arrest on Monday for allegedly shooting dead eight roaming cattle and wounding three others last week.

The cattle belonged to a local Uitenhage resident and had apparently escaped from their holding pen to search for food and water.

Voigt faces charges relating to malicious damage to property, contravention of the Animals Protection Act and illegally discharging a firearm.

He is expected to appear before the same court on the 4th of July.

The incident has drawn mixed reactions on social media with some residents saying he did the right thing as roaming cattle often cause accidents and damage to property.

However, some have cited the incident as an indication of how society is still polarised on racial lines and argued that while roaming cattle are a problem especially for drivers in the townships, the farmer should not have taken the law into his own hands.