Praying Farmer Fed to Lions for No Reason

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 4:50:23 PM by Cornpone

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A man fed to lions closed his eyes in prayer as his former employer and colleagues attacked him just hours before his grisly death, one of the alleged murderers has told a South African court.

In a racially charged case, three men are standing trial for the murder of 41-year-old farm worker Nelson Chisale. Little more than his skull, shards of bone and a finger were found at an enclosure for rare white lions early last year.

The case has provoked an outcry in South Africa where, a decade after the end of apartheid white rule, some white farmers are still accused of abusing and ploiting black workers. The three defendants have denied the charges.

Former colleague Simon Mathebula told the court his co-accused Richard Mathebula wounded Chisale when he returned to collect his belongings from the farm where he used to work, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported on Monday.

Then his white employer Mark Scott-Crossley twice kicked a wound he had received in the attack, pointed a gun at Chisale and told him to pray.

“I looked at Nelson at that stage … and I saw him closing his eyes and praying,” SAPA quoted Simon Mathebula as telling the court.

A few hours later the prosecution says Chisale was thrown over the fence of a lion enclosure. A post mortem showed the cause of death as being “mauled by lions”.


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