Accused sentenced to life imprisonment for farm murder


The three accused murderers of Pieter van der Berg (49) and Tsietso Matsabisa were all found guilty on two counts of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. This comes after the events of 20 April 2017 when Van der Berg left his home before 7:00, shortly after his wife had driven to work in Dewetsdorp. The farm helper, Tsietso Matsabisa, was busy cleaning the yard when she heard dogs barking and went to investigate. She was attacked by three males who assaulted her, tied her hands and dragged her into the house.

The three men started ransacking the house and found a firearm. During that time the farmer returned home as he had forgotten something. He found the men busy ransacking his bedroom and tried to run but was assaulted and shot multiple times. The suspects continued to ransack the house and took cellphones, electrical appliances and firearms from the safe before fleeing the scene. Both the farmer and the helper died at the scene.

Thabang Letsi (24), Tshepiso Mosoeu (24) and Toki Leisa (22) were sentenced on Friday 25 May 2018 by the High Court in Wepener to life imprisonment each for the murder of the farmer and his helper and to 15 years direct imprisonment each for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Moeketsi Sempe, lauded the team for the splendid work performed through the investigation and conveyed his appreciation for the continuous efforts and commitment by farmers in working with the police in crimes against farmers and the farming community.