A White South African man is facing charges of attempted murder after shooting and wounding a black woman.
77-year old Paul Hendrick Van Zyl, a farm owner where the incident occurred, fired shots towards Ramokone Linah who was fishing at a river with her partner in Lephalale town, northern Limpopo province.
Zyl claimed that he shot at the woman thinking that she was a Hippopotamus. The 38-year old woman was left with injuries on her arm while her partner escaped the shoot out unhurt after managing to hide.
“”The arrested suspect alleged that he was shooting at the animals (hippopotamus),” read a statement by police spokesman Mamphaswa Seabi.
The accused was however freed on a $62 bail. His case was postponed to May 18 as police carry out further investigations into the incident.
The Economic Freedom Fighters party however protested the court’s decision to release the accused on bail outside the court on Thursday.
The incident also sparked reactions on social media with some saying apartheid is still in South Africa.
“The sin of discrimination is still in South Africa,” One said on Twitter.
“How huge was she?” another netizen was left wondering.
Negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa began in May 1990-April 1994. These negotiations took place between the governing National Party, the African National Congress, and a wide variety of other political organizations
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