Du Toit, Giel, electrician, Meerkat Satellite project, stabbed dead

Du Toit, Giel, 69, electrician at Meerkat Satellite Project, stabbing death, Vosburg
2011-02-09 VOSBURG. Local electrician Giel du Toit, 69, was stabbed to death in the Karoo home he´d lived in all his life. Volksblad journalist André Botha noted that the electrician who’d helped with the installation of South Africa’s prestigious Meerkat Satellite Project, had fought back fiercely against the knifemen: four bullet holes were found in the walls, said daughter Marina Pienaar.

Du Toit Giel 69 stabbed t death Vosburg Feb52011
After four previous breakins his children had an alarm put in. However during Saturday ´s storm Telkom’d had another blackout and the alarm was off. A black youth has alredy appeared in Victoria West court as a suspect. He’d been involved in a breakin in the Du Toit home in October 2010 and Carnarvon detectives found ‘several stolen items’ at the youth’s home. They expect more arrests soon. As an independent electrician Du Toit was well known to all the residents and was involved in the Meerkat satellite project near Carnarvon. http://www.ska.ac.za/meerkat/specsci.php

SAPS warrant officer Bertus Kruger of the Carnarvon region said the police were first alerted when someone found a bunch of keys in Van Rensburg Street near Du Toit’s home. Then a neighbourhood-watch volunteer showed them that one of Du Toit´s windows was broken. They investigated and found Du Toit stabbed to death in a pool of blood.  Mr Du Toit´s funeral is scheduled today, Friday, 10am from the NG church in Vosburg.He is survived by his daughters Marina Pienaar of Durbanville, Alta Brits of Namibia, Liame Klindt of Blouputs near Kakamas and son Nardus du Toit of Johannesburg. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Mesdood-ruk-Karoo-dorp-20110209

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About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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