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Trial Shows Plight of S. African Farmers

The murder trial of three men accused of throwing a black farm worker to the lions offers an extreme example of the plight of farm workers in a country that still has a culture of violence, human rights researchers said. Prosecutors allege that Mark Scott-Crossley, a white farmer, and two of his workers attacked Nelson Chisale with machetes last January, beat him, held him at gunpoint, tied him up and then drove him 12 miles to a lion reserve and threw him over the fence where he was devoured. Chisale had been fired and was attacked when he returned to retrieve belongings, police said. The trial, which started last week, has generated impassioned protests from demonstrators who see the killing as another racial attack in this country still grappling with its apartheid past. The gruesome nature of the killing has helped inflame the demonstrators, who have chanted so loudly at times that court officials have had to quiet them. But human rights researchers interviewed Friday said it wasn’t clear that the attack was racially motivated — Scott-Crossley alleged accomplices are black. Full Story

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