KZN villagers angered over murder of missionary Riet Vuyk
20 March 2012 Leave a comment
Accused Leonard Gina (45), Sandile Ngwenya (23) and Thokozani Mabika (30) appeared on charges of murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping.The case was remanded to Monday, 19 March and the suspects are being held at the uBombo SAP. The Organised Crime Unit in Richards Bay investigates the case.
Google page view above shows the uBombo, KZN community members protesting outside the uBombo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, calling for life imprisonment for three Zulu men who allegedly killed Dutch charity-worker Riet Vuyk.
The Zululand Observer wrote: “She fed them and yet they mercilessly killed her. Calls for life sentences were raised outside the uBombo Magistrate’s Court on Monday as three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of the 68 year-old missionary made their first court appearance. Community members rallied to voice their opposition to the trio’s bail applications. The case was remanded to Monday, 19 March and the suspects are being held at the uBombo SAP. The Organised Crime Unit in Richards Bay investigates the case.
The suspects reportedly broke into the Jan Vuyk Children’s Home (above) last Saturday, an orphanage Vuyk opened in 2005. They fatally hit her on the head with a hammer. She was kept overnight in a bush with both hands and legs tied before being dragged hundreds of metres in rough terrain the following day and thrown over the cliff, nearly 30km from uBombo town. The forensic evidence submitted in court testimony will reveal whether she was alive or dead when she was thrown over the cliff. The bakkie was found overturned by police outside Hluhluwe on Monday. Ngwenya was apprehended two days later at Mtubatuba and led police to the body of Mrs Vuyk on Friday. Shortly afterwards Gina and Mabika were arrested at the homestead of a sangoma (traditional healer) at Candover near Mkhuze. Before she was murdered, Mrs Vuyk had reportedly also had a problem with Gina: she had opened a case of assault against Gina, who was a driver at the orphanage – and drove her bakkie while she was absent in The Netherlands. Mrs Vuyk’s grieving son arrived at uBombo on Wednesday as preparations for her memorial service were finalised. http://www.zululandobserver.co.za/Pages/f11story1.html