UP lecturer murdered

Dr George Frederik Liebenberg, a senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the UP was shot and killed at his Vaalbank home outside Bronkhorstspruit on Friday evening. Liebenberg joined the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development in 2010.

According to a News24 article titled, “No arrests yet after UP lecturer shot dead at home”, published on 14 March, national police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, was quoted as saying that that Liebenberg was shot in the upper body through a window, while working on his computer.  He added that Liebenberg’s body was found the next morning by workers and that there were no signs of forced entry. According to Dlamini, no arrests had been made, and initial investigations indicated that Liebenberg was attacked by unknown persons.  UP Media Relations were not available for comment, however UP spokesperson Rikus Delport, was quoted by News24 saying “everybody at the university was in total shock at the news of Liebenberg’s murder.”  “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” added Delport. A memorial service for Liebenberg is to be held on Thursday, 23 March.


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