Sunday, 10 August 2008

'SA has no place for thugs'

08/08/2008 09:54 - (SA)

Malani Venter, Die Burger

Stellenbosch - Model Minki van der Westhuizen has spoken out about crime in the country, after the murders of two of her family members in Kleinmond.

Her grandfather's brother, Shalk van der Westhuizen, 78, and his wife Marie, 73, were killed in their home on Sunday night.

Their bodies, each with several stab wounds, were found on Monday morning.

"We have to stand together to get rid of these savages," she said on Thursday. "It is time they are wiped out. South Africa has no space for thugs."

'Cowardly deed'

The model and Pasella presenter described the murders as a "cowardly deed that brought enormous sadness to the family".

The victims' bodies were found in their pantry and living room. It is believed they were attacked on the evening of Marie's birthday.

A neighbour found their bodies at about 09:00 the next day. The birthday cake and teacups were still in the kitchen.

It appears as though robbery was the motive. A laptop computer, two cellphones and a video machine are missing.

Police spokesperson Inspector André Traut said no one had been arrested yet.


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