Previously in Noseweek, Riversdale farm owner Stephen Pain described how he had been vilified by his neighbour, former DA MP Theuns ‘Leuens’ Botha, who for years accused him of a litany of crimes and even had him arrested. Botha also used his position and influence to have a weir and piping installed to deliver water to his property at taxpayers’ expense. Likewise he had an electric fence erected and used his bodyguards to do his bidding in the feud with his neighbour.
Stephen Pain writes:
If only the court had agreed to hear my version of the events that led to the protection order against me. My evidence would have cast a very different light on the events complained of: a light that would have shown up the accusations as utter nonsense. But even without my evidence I’d have thought that the affidavits handed in to court by former DA MEC Theuns “Leuens” Botha and his wife, Sarie Botha, would in themselves have raised serious doubts in the mind of the honourable magistrate. Anyway, you be the judge.
Their application for a “protection” order (to protect them from me) refers to “the serious events of this morning”, by which the ex-MEC meant my (alleged) efforts to murder his wife and two police bodyguards on 12 March 2015.
Serious events indeed. But first let’s go back to just 15 minutes before this dreadful incident.