Lani Fouché -
Koster - The Skierlik massacre of 2008 will be commemorated in Koster, Swartruggens and Derby in North West, from today.
Project manager Hector Mputle says Johan Nel left deep scars when he randomly shot dead four residents of the Skierlik community and injured eight exactly five years ago today. He says the commemoration, which will continue until January 20th, will include a bicycle ride, a marathon and an arts and crafts programme. He says some initiatives will run permanently:
Mputle added that the family of each of the victims will receive funding from government.
Nel received four life sentences for the murders. He was sentenced to an additional 68 years for the attempted murders. He also received five years for possession of a firearm and three years for possession of ammunition. A charge of damage to property was withdrawn.