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For Immediate release

22 April 2015

AFASA and NERPO condemns the gruesome murder of its veteran member

The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) and National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO) would like to send their heartfelt condolences to the Maxham family following the brutal and inhuman death of their father, brother, uncle and a grandfather, Mr Ndiphiwe Maxham. 

Mr Maxham, 69, was found by a relative brutally murdered near his car on his farm in the Seymore area last week. Mr Aggrey Mahanjana AFASA Secretary General and NERPO GMD said the two organisations are deeply shocked by this gruesome murder. He said it was very hard to accept this senseless and inhumane killing of Mr Maxham. “We hope and pray that members of the police would work around the clock to ensure that those who are responsible for this cold-blooded murder and attack are brought to justice,” said Mr Mahanjana.

Mr Mahanjana made a plea to government, especially departments responsible for rural safety, members of the farming community and farmworkers to work together in ensuring safety and security in this important sector of our economy.

Mr Maxham was a retired principal and a passionate about farming business. He was a staunch member of Afasa and Nerpo for over 10 years and was serving as the chairperson of the Afasa, Amathole Region, before his untimely death. He is survived by his three children.

He started farming at Ntselamanzi Township on communal land and later got a farm in the Seymour area where he was murdered on the 15th of May. The motive of the murder is still unknown and no arrest have been made to date. Police said the investigations are still underway.

Details of his funeral are as follows

Date: 25th of May

Starting Time: 09:00am

Venue: University of Fort Hare

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