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Monday, 12 February 2024 19:23

Groblersdal father and son denied bail for assaulting employee.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Piet Groenewald and tefan Greeff, 27, were back in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo. Photo: X/@LirandzuThemba

The two men accused of assaulting their employee will remain behind bars after their bail application was denied in the Groblersdal magistrate's court on Monday.

Piet Groenewald, 63, owner of Wildlife Investigation & Protection Services (WIPS), and his son Stefan Greeff, 27, appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court.

The two are accused of assaulting the 30-year-old security guard who claimed he was hit by Groenewald and Greeff with a heavy object and that the two incited a dog to attack him. He recorded the attack on video.

During the closing arguments, the state reiterated that the accused's previous convictions should be taken into consideration by the court.

But advocate Johan Van Wyk, for the accused, argued that his client should be released on bail. He also complained about what he described as political interference.

Magistrate Bongi Mashele, in handing down judgment, said while politicians addressed the crowd during the bail application, the judgment had nothing to do with their attendance.

"On the issue of the politicians attending court, I won't comment, because they were not invited by the court and they were not friends of the court. They came here as part of the public. On the issue of them going to address members of the ANC and EFF, I cannot comment on that.

"What I can say is that, this court, in coming to this conclusion had nothing to with what the politicians did, what they want to achieve and so on… Having said that, this court comes to the conclusion that it will not be in the interests of justice that the two applicants be release on bail. Therefore their application for bail is dismissed," Mashele ruled.

Mashele said there was a likelihood Groenewald and Greef could interfere with witnesses if they were granted bail. He said they used a car that had their security company names on it to take the state witness to the police station to make a statement to clear their names.

Groenewald and Greeff are expected to be back in court on 11 March.