Nic Meyer murder in Sinoville: killers jailed 22 yrs

Afrikaner electrician Nic van Zyl Meyer’s two black killers sentenced to 22 years in prison

Meyer_Nic van Zyl_MURDERED 6DEC2005 SINOVILLE SMALLHOLDINGThe two black murderers of Pretoria electrical contractor Nic van Zyl Meyer, 52, – who was strangled and dumped half-naked in the veld near Sinoville on 6 Dec 2005, were ordered to spend 22 years in prison for killing the Afrikaner businessman, judge Vivian Thlapi ruled in the Pretoria High Court.(source:Jeanne-Marié Versluis, Beeld, who attended the trial).

The much-liked independent businessman of Bon Accord, Pretoria was attacked on 6 December 2005: testimony was that the two murderers had tied him up before strangling him – and then dumped him half-naked in Sinoville, said Judge Thlapi. Sentenced for killing the Afrikaner family-man were Dumisane Shabangu (37 and Thulani Ndlovu (33). “The killers never apologised to the family for killing their bread-winner, their beloved husband and their father”, the judge pointed out. The family said they will always refuse to accept the defence’s  claim – as submitted in court — that Mr Meyer was attacked in the room of a prostitute, that he was ambushed and killed there. The defence argued that Meyer ‘had thus put himself in harms’ way’ – i.e. that he basically was responsible for his own death because of his own alleged presence in the room of a woman of ill-repute. However the judge rejected this defence argument, saying that it was not the Court’s role to judge someone’s personal life. “It is against the law to take someone’s life,’ said judge Thlapi.Meyer NicvZ _murdered man family Pta HiCourt_March282011BEELD

The Meyer family will never believe the defence claim, they said. Instead, they believe that Mr Meyer was hijacked shortly after leaving the smallholding of a friend who was having a barbeque which one of his sons had also attended. The family believe that Mr Meyer was hijacked, tied up, strangled,  loaded into his Hilux-bakkie and dumped in the veld – and that the story about the prostitute was a concocted fabrication. One of his sons testified that he had seen his father leave the barbeque a mutual business-friend shortly before the (forensically-established) time of his murder – and that many questions about his last moments remain unanswered: for instance his vehicle, which could have yielded forensic evidence, remains missing.  It’s also not known from the published court-testimony whether the alleged prostitute’s room had even been examined for forensic evidence which could have proven Mr Meyer’s presence there. However, shortly before Mr Meyer had left the barbeque, he had also telephoned his wife Riana, telling her he’d be home very soon. Judge Tlhapi said in her judgment-summary that ‘Meyer had been a respected businessman. Shops were closed and a guard of honour was formed at his funeral. He also had a special relationship with his workers, was a loving husband and looked well after his family. After his murder his business had to be sold. ”


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

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