A 17-year-old youth has been arrested for the murder of a farmer in Merweville, in the Western Cape, police said on Tuesday.
Preliminary investigations show that Frederick J v Z Snyders, 35, and his wife were sitting on their porch when one of their farm workers walked up to them on Monday evening, said Captain Malcolm Pojie.
“He took the deceased’s rifle out of the bakkie that was parked outside and suddenly fired a shot in his direction, killing him instantly with a single gunshot to his head.”
The youth fired further shots at the farmer’s wife but missed. He later handed over the 243 Ruger rifle to the wife before handing himself over to the police.
Pojie said the youth worked on the farm at the time of the incident.
“The motive for this murder is believed to be an argument between the farmer and the youth on Monday afternoon,” Pojie said.
He will appear in the Leeu Gamka Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder on December 15.