6 May 2011 § Leave a Comment
Joof Janse van Rensburg was shot by neighbour SAPF constable Percy Ledwaba after the cop refused to return a rugby ball accidentially kicked across the wall by the Afrikaner’s grandsons…
A charge of murder will “be investigated against constable Ledwaba”, said SAPF spokesman capt Leonard Hlathi. Meanwhile the constable still remains on his post, he confirmed when questioned by Ridge Times journalist Jana Oosthuizen. Hlathi said he could not confirm persistent rumours in the Afrikaans community that the service pistol with which Mr Janse van Rensburg was shot, still remained at the Evander station until he had investigated the claim. Hlathi said “forensic tests would be done to determine whether a shot was fired’
Mr Jansen van Rensburg and his wife Poppie were visiting with their daughter and her family in Selonica Street in Evander on March 13, watching their grandsons kick a rugby ball around, when the ball accidentially bounced into the neighbour’s yard. Reportedly the neighbour, constable Ledwaba, wasn’t well pleased and refused to give the ball back to the Afrikaner boys – so their dad Frans Viviers, and constable Ledwaba got into a fisticuffs with each other. When the grandfather set to to help his son-in-law, the constable reportedly then pulled out his service gun and shot Mr Jansen van Rensburg in the stomach. TheHe was rushed to Netcare N17 hospital in Springs. Ms Oosthuizen writes that he had since died of his injuries. The Ridge Times also noted that constable Ledwaba wrote in the incident book at the police station on March 13 2011 that he had shot dead Mr Jansen van Rensburg. Hlathi said they will now investigate a case of murder and their findings will be forwarded to the provincial police commissioner in Mpumalanga. “He will decide what will happen to constable Ledwaba,’ said Hlathi. Mr Jansen van Rensburg is survived by his widow, three children, three stepchildren and five grandchildren. His funeral service will take place from the Dutch Hervormed Church at Eendracht.
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