EFF invades farm of Anele Hoyana's killer

East London businessman and farmer Fritz Joubert who was allegedly shot by police after he initially murdered his visitor who came to cleanse his house in Kwelera farm.
East London businessman and farmer Fritz Joubert who was allegedly shot by police after he initially murdered his visitor who came to cleanse his house in Kwelera farm.
Image: MICHAEL PINYANA

The EFF has “taken over” the farm of Gonubie killer Fritz Joubert in a show of force against racism.

The latest twist occurred on Monday evening, and came as experts in the fields of psychiatry and traditional healing dismissed outright suggestions that Joubert had been “possessed” when he killed his sangoma trainer Anele Hoyana this weekend.

Just after 5pm on Monday, EFF regional chair Mziyanda Hlekiso told the Dispatch that  800 EFF members and supporters were mobilising to occupy Joubert's farm.  

“We are taking over that house. We will occupy the house to fight racism. Racism has no place in SA and that is what we are trying to demonstrate,” he told DispatchLIVE.

Asked if he was aware that the house was a crime scene, Hlekiso said: “We will stand outside the house and wait for the police to finish the job and enter it. If it is locked we will break in. If family members are still left, we will drive them out.”

DispatchLIVE was monitoring the situation at the time of writing.

Joubert, 45, killed Hoyana during a cleansing ceremony “gone wrong” at his Geluksdal farm in Brakfontein near Gonubie. He filmed many parts of the event and posted them on social media.

Joubert was later shot dead by a police officer during a confrontation.  

Lulama Mpahla, the provincial chair of the Eastern Cape Traditional Healing Practitioners' Forum and director of the Ithongo Institute, said Joubert's bizarre behaviour had nothing to do with being a sangoma.

“If you study the videos, you can clearly see that Fritz was under the influence. As sangomas we have an ability to see when someone has been possessed by external spirits. This one was simply drunk, or high on drugs.” 

EFF members took over the property of Fritz Joubert, who was killed by police after he beat to death Anele Hoyana, after holding Hoyana and his family hostage and attacked police officers. Video by Malibongwe Dayimani

Mpahla said while disputes often arose between a trainee (umkhwetha) and his trainer (gobela), they had never before escalated to murder.

He said Joubert had suddenly seen himself as being superior to his trainer, something that was extremely rare behaviour. “One also needs to check if there were no prior disputes. That may have triggered the attack,” Mpahla said.

Another possible explanation for Joubert's rampage was provided by a psychiatrist who asked not to be named for ethical reasons. He said judging from footage posted by Joubert the farmer appeared to have been mentally ill. “He was presenting symptoms of mental illness. His ability to differentiate between what was right and wrong had been affected. He was under some form of false belief that what he was doing was justified.”

Hoyana, a Queen's College old boy, was bludgeoned to death with a rifle butt by Joubert in front of Hoyana's terrified  wife, Babalwa, in the early hours of Saturday morning. Their two young children were locked in the bathroom by Joubert at the time.

Hoyana's brother is Olwethu Hoyana, the well-known owner of OHBrigado champagne bar  and former Metro FM marketing manager. He said his family was busy with funeral arrangements for his slain brother. He declined to discuss the tragedy with the Dispatch.

Taking to social media on Sunday night, Hoyana's sister, Iviwe Tenjisiwe Hoyana, described how she had bumped into a policeman at the house rescuing her brother's children.

She said: “This time yesterday I had just run towards a policeman who had rescued my late brother's three-year-old and three-week-old from a raging white man, who had just bludgeoned my brother to death with a rifle. That racist heathen did not only hold my brother's young family hostage but has left us as a family hostage emotionally.

He deserved to die yesterday. His soul is at God's mercy ... He was our neighbour for years and yet he had such deep hate for black people is what sends chills down my spine.
Iviwe Tenjisiwe Hoyana

“He deserved to die yesterday. His soul is at God's mercy. Yesterday morning was a movie I will never forget. To think that this man even took footage of his violent rampage and attack towards my brother. He was our neighbour for years and yet he had such deep hate for black people is what sends chills down my spine.”

In one of the videos posted by Joubert before he was killed by Warrant Officer Hendrick Odendaal, Joubert  is armed with a knobkerrie yelling gibberish to Hoyana, who is kneeling with his baby in his arms.

Joubert shouts: “I am going to punish you.” In various social media posts Joubert continually referred to himself as the “God chosen one” and to Hoyana as “Satan”.

Joubert was no stranger to controversy. His former neighbour, Victor Badenhorst, 75, said he felt forced to sell his Shadeview Valley farm and flee after receiving death threats. Over seven years, the two neighbours  opened 30 cases against each other at the Gonubie police station.

The Dispatch documented their conflict from 2010, when Joubert cut through Badenhorst's fence and opened an access road though the farm without Badenhorst's permission. Joubert held large, noisy, all-night parties, opened fire in his direction and shot his dogs dead, Badenhorst claimed.

Eastern Cape provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said two guns were recovered from the scene and would be tested.

malibongwed@dispatch.co.za


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