20 July 2022
A 41-year-old man is expected to appear at the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court today following an incident in which the suspect allegedly ran over two children with his car as well as assaulted another.
He is facing two counts of attempted murder as well as an assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The children are aged 10, 11 and 13 respectively.
According to the report the suspect, Louis Johannes Grobler allegedly ran over the two minors and thereafter assaulted the third one after accusing them of theft.
The incident is said to have occurred on Friday, 15 July 2022 around 14h00 at a certain farm in Ermelo.
The matter was then reported to the police and after an investigation was done the man was immediately arrested the same afternoon.
The suspect reportedly had his first court appearance on Monday, 18 July 2022 where the matter was postponed to Wednesday (20 July 2022) for a formal bail application.
The incident, which has spared some tensions in the community has also been strongly condemned by the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela.
“We urge members of the public not to take the law into their own hands but they should instead report crime to the authorities. Be as it may, for now let us allow the law to take its course as the matter is in the hands of court.
We are thankful that police were able to make a swiftly arrest of the suspect. We hope that justice will be served for the three victims” said the General.