Date: 03 July 2022
On Friday, 1 July 2022, Matthys Michiel Pienaar (35), who is facing allegations of pointing a firearm, crimen injuria, intimidation, and resisting arrest, came before the Molopo Magistrate's Court.
He was given a R1000 bail amount and will appear in court again on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
His court appearance is related to an event that happened at an auction in Buhrmansdrift, close to Ottoshoop, on June 30, 2022, on that day.
Image: South African Police Service
In order to ensure adherence to the Animal Identification Act of 2002, the Ngaka Modiri Molema Stock Theft Stabilization Task Team conducted an operation (Act No. 6 of 2002). When questioned by the police about his five cattle, which were reportedly not brand marked, Pienaar got combative throughout the operation.
He also pointed his gun at the officers before escaping in his car. The police then pursued, overpowered, disarmed, and took him into custody.
Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, the provincial commissioner for North West, praised the participants for their courage and issued a warning that no amount of intimidation would stop the police from carrying out their duties.
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