Koos van Rooyen, farmer murdered Witfontein
3 April 2011 Leave a comment
Next protest court date, Randfontein: 5 May 2011
Koos van Rooyen, farmer, murdered, Witfontein 3 March 2011
RANDFONTEIN Witfontein Prominent farmer Koos van Rooyen was brutally murdered in his homestead on his farm near Witfontein on 3 March 2011, just shortly before he was preparing to attend a function with his wife at the Randfontein Show. Two black male suspects were arrested shortly afterwards by Toekomsrust patrolling officers w/o Deleki and constable Mapanda. The suspects’ next local court appearance will be May 5 2011. (source: Johan Meyer)
Koos van Rooyen, prominent farmer and businessman and wife Marie Louise were getting ready for a function at the Randfontein Show, when Van Rooyen noticed two black males entering the house through the back door. Van Rooyen was shot once in the chest and once in his left side. The black suspects tied up Van Rooyen’s wife, before taking cash and a firearm, and fleeing on foot into nearby bushes.A large scale search party was assembled consisting of police officers, Randfontein CPF members and local farmers, where stop and searches were carried out on pedestrians and vehicles. The suspects were caught at approximately 11pm, when two SAPS members from the Toekomsrus Sector, Warrant Officer Deleki, and Constable Mapanda, were conducting routine patrols in their sector and spotted two men walking in Westergloor.They carried out a stop and search on the men, and found two firearms in their possession. According to Randfontein SAPS spokesman Captain Appel Ernst, other items found in the mens’ possession, were positively identified as having been taken from the Van Rooyen house.”Anyone with further information is urged to call Lt Col Gert Kruger on 011 278 8100,” said Ernst
Randfontein community protests against Koos van Rooyen’s murder:
next protest court date: 5 May 2011
On 24 March 2011, members of the local Randfontein community gathered in a peaceful demonstration against the murder of local farmer and businessman, Koos van Rooyen.
They opposed the bail application of two black men who were arrested shortly after his murder, which took place on 3 March 2011 at his farmhouse in Witfontein. A police patrol arrested the two shortly thereafter in Westergloor. The Community-Policing-Forum chairman Mike Bosch said while it was a pity that only 30 people showed up, they also are grateful that they did so. “We want to show criminals that they will not be tolerated in Randfontein. Our people are tired of living in fear. We are at the court to support the family. They willl protest again on 5 May 2011 when the case is scheduled to be heard again.